The day before police shot and killed a Queen Anne resident who opened fire on them, officers had been investigating the man for sending threatening texts to members of his family, according to the Seattle Police Department.
Officers shot the man Saturday night, who was in a home In the 300 block of West Prospect Street, and later used a robot to determine that he died inside the house. Police have not released the man’s name; the medical examiner’s office said a name won’t be released until an autopsy is concluded, probably Tuesday afternoon.
Officers had been to the home Friday after responding to a report about a disturbance, according to police. Officers spoke with the man and confirmed that he was the only one in the house. Later that evening, officers returned to the home after receiving information that “the suspect had just texted threats to his family.” That time, officers didn’t find the man.
Police Monday afternoon released photos of weapons they say were stationed at the home’s front door, which appeared to consist of a semi-automatic rifle and a pump-action shotgun, though police say neither is the rifle the man fired at officers. Included in the release was a pair of 911 calls made by someone who heard the shots. That person, who called first to report the gunfire, called back with an update.
“He’s now fired six shots total and continued to yell,” the caller told a police dispatcher.