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September 4, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Knife-wielding man arrested in U District after police open fire

Update at 7:58 a.m.: Seattle police opened fire on a man in the University District on Thursday afternoon after he approached officers with a knife.

The man was not hit by gunfire and members of the department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) were able to convince the man to surrender. But before that happened, he led officers on a long chase, according to police spokesman Patrick Michaud.

The incident started outside Cafe Racer at 5828 Roosevelt Way N.E., where customers saw the man waving two large kitchen knives. The customers called 911 and officers arrived and spotted the armed man, Michaud said.

The man led police on a chase for several blocks. Michaud said at one point the man jumped a fence and dropped a 9-inch knife. The officers eventually cornered the man in the courtyard of an apartment building on Eastlake Avenue Northeast near Northeast 41st Street.

Members of the CIT shot the man with a Taser, but the man used a second knife to cut the wires leading from the darts, Michaud said. The man then approached the officers and one officer fired a gunshot, but did not hit the man, he said.

The man dropped his second knife and jumped over a fence and ran off, said Michaud.

The man took cover behind some trash bins and police fired rubber bullets at him, but it’s unclear if he was hit. Eventually, a member of the CIT convinced the man to surrender, police said.

The man was arrested for investigation of felony harassment, according to Michaud, who said the entire incident happened over two to three minutes.

Michaud said no officers were injured during the incident.

Update at 5:53 p.m.: One witness said he saw a man armed with knives being chased by police in patrol cars before the shooting.

Another witness, who was in an apartment, said he heard at least one police officer yell, “put down the knife” before he heard gunshots.

The extent of the man’s wounds are unknown right now, but he was placed in a patrol car, indicating he was not seriously wounded.

Original post: A person was wounded in an officer-involved shooting just before 5 p.m. Thursday in Seattle’s University District, a police spokesman said.

The spokesman, Detective Patrick Michaud, is en route to the scene. He said by phone that one person is in custody. The shooting happened in the area of Northeast 41st Street and Eastlake Avenue Northeast, according to Michaud.

Earlier, police had tweeted that they were chasing a man with a butcher knife in the area.

We will update this post as more information becomes available.

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