Topic: Officer-involved shooting
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December 3, 2013 at 5:24 PM
The Seattle police officer who fatally shot a man who fired a rifle at officers on Friday has been identified as Officer Brad Devore.
Police media relations staff said that Devore, who works as a patrol officer in the East Precinct, has been with the department for two years. Devore is on paid administrative leave, as is department policy.
The gunman, a tenant at the Elizabeth James apartment building, has not been formally identified. An official with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office said they are still trying to reach next of kin.
A woman who identified herself as the dead man’s girlfriend said she doesn’t know what could have led to him to shoot at police. She said he had a rifle but described him as “a good guy” and someone who “would give you the shirt off his back.”
Police were called to the apartment building at 23rd Avenue East and East John Street about 4 a.m. Friday on a report that there was a gunshot in the area, according to police. A woman had come out of the apartment building screaming and yelling, “He’s got a gun and he’s threatening to kill me,” said Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt
Officers looked up at the second floor of the building and could see a man with a rifle in an open hallway. The man yelled at officers, “I’m going to kill you,” and fired one shot at officers, Witt said. An officer fired back twice, hitting the man, police said.
SWAT team officers went into the apartment building, found the man in the hallway and performed CPR, Witt said. Medics arrived and took over, but the man died at the scene.
No one else was injured in the incident.
It’s unclear what the relationship was between the gunman and the woman who ran out of the building screaming.
November 25, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Tacoma police shot at a vehicle in Puyallup this morning after the driver apparently rammed a friend’s car and several police cars.
According to police, officers were called to the 300 block of South 9th Street at 2:47 a.m. for a report of someone ramming a parked car. The 911 caller identified the culprit as a friend who was “intentionally ramming her parked vehicle and trying to break out her vehicle windows,” Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool wrote in a news release.
Police tried to stop the car, but the driver did not pull over. Officers from several police departments tried to stop the car, but the driver headed into Puyallup. Once in Puyallup, the driver stopped near 104th Street East and Fruitland Avenue East and rammed several police vehicles, Cool said.
Tacoma police fired one round, but did not hit the man.
After being caught by a police dog, the man was booked into the Pierce County Jail.
November 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM
UPDATE: 5:58 p.m. | EUGENE, Ore. — Police in Eugene, Ore., say an officer fatally shot a 44-year-old man Wednesday afternoon near Churchill High School.
Police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin says the man who was killed was armed with a handgun.
Acting police Capt. Scott Fellman says an initial investigation indicates that a school resource officer made a traffic stop involving a motorcyclist in front of a fire station just south of the Churchill campus.
Fellman says the officer then called for emergency cover and for a modified lockdown at the high school. A call of “shots fired” came a short time later.
The Register-Guard reports that the high school and a nearby middle school and elementary school were briefly locked down. Students were later allowed to leave.
Neither the officer nor the man who was shot was immediately identified.
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The Associated Press
EUGENE, Ore. — Police in Eugene, Ore., say an officer fatally shot a 44-year-old man Wednesday afternoon near Churchill High School.
The Register-Guard reports that the high school and a neighboring middle school were briefly locked down. Students were later allowed to leave.
Police say an officer called for emergency cover about 2:45 p.m. and for a modified school lockdown at Churchill. They say a call of “shots fired” came a short time later.
Additional details were not immediately available.
October 28, 2013 at 2:35 PM
King County Executive Dow Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of an armed, mentally-ill man inside his Capitol Hill apartment on July 5.
Two SPD SWAT officers fatally shot Joel Reuter, 28, following an hours-long standoff. The officers have been identified as Chad Zentner, 44, and Jeff Geoghagan, 42.
Zentner has been on the Seattle force since March 1996, while Geoghagan was hired in April 1994.
The standoff began shortly after 3 a.m. when several residents at the Marq Condos, on the corner of Denny Way and Bellevue Avenue, reported hearing shots and seeing a man with a gun walking around the hallways. Officers responded and knocked on the door of Reuter’s fifth-floor unit, but backed off and called SWAT officers and hostage negotiators when he threatened to shoot anyone who came into the condo, police said at the time.
After an hours-long dialogue with police negotiators, Reuter stepped out of his apartment with a weapon in his hand, and officers later heard what sounded like a shot fired inside the unit.
When Reuter appeared again and fired toward SWAT officers, Zentner returned fire with a Colt .223 rifle, firing three times, police said. Reuter retreated inside his condo but then reappeared, waving the gun, and was shot by Geoghagan, who fired a Colt M-16 .308-caliber rifle once, police said.
Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel said that Reuter was under two court orders not to possess firearms because of his psychiatric problems.
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg recommended the inquest after his office reviewed investigative materials from the Seattle Police Department.
Inquests are fact-finding hearings conducted before a six-member jury and are routinely called to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member a King County law enforcement agency.
October 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM
The Associated Press
THE DALLES, Ore. — Authorities say a plainclothes officer from The Dalles returned fire and killed a man fleeing from investigators who hoped to question him in a rape case.
The officer suffered a non-life threatening wound. He was released Thursday from a local hospital.
The Dalles Daily Chronicle reports that officers from Oregon and Washington went to a house in Wishram, Wash., on Wednesday night to question the man.
The Dalles police said an officer who approached the front of the house saw a man with a firearm inside.
The police say the man fled out the back, where officers were stationed, and after a chase of about one block he fired and was killed.
Names of those involved have not been released. The officer is described as a 17-year police veteran.
October 16, 2013 at 5:46 PM
The Associated Press
PORTLAND — Portland Police Chief Mike Reese has fired an officer who critically wounded a man with a shotgun he mistakenly thought was loaded with beanbag rounds.
The Police Bureau said in a statement that Office Dane Reister was notified of his dismissal on Tuesday.
Reister shot William Monroe in June 2011. Police had been called because Monroe, who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, was acting oddly by tossing discarded flowers toward children in a park.
Reister was indicted on an assault charge and has pleaded not guilty.
Earlier this year, the Portland City Council agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of Monroe.
Daryl Turner, the president of the police union, declined to comment on the firing.
October 8, 2013 at 3:58 PM
An inquest has been ordered into the fatal shooting by Federal Way police of a man who killed four people at an apartment complex on April 21.
Metropolitan King County Executive Dow Constantine ordered the inquest into the shooting of Dennis Clark III on a recommendation by Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.
Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson said the city’s deadliest shooting began as a domestic-violence homicide around 9:35 p.m. when Clark shot his 25-year-old girlfriend in the head in their apartment at Pinewood Village in the 33300 block of 18th Lane South. The 27-year-old gunman then left the apartment and headed to the parking lot, Wilson said.
There he encountered two men, 23 and 46, who were standing next to a car. Wilson said police do not know what, if anything, the two men said to the gunman, but witnesses reported hearing shouting before both men were shot.
Police said witnesses told them that the shooter “executed” one of the men. One died next to the car, and the other was shot in the back as he tried to run away, police said.
As shots were fired, resident James Mack, 63, said he and a neighbor opened their doors to see what was happening.
Mack said the neighbor ran up a small flight of stairs to look out into the parking lot, then he ran back down and told Mack to call 911. Both men went back into their apartments, Mack said.
“I saw him go into his apartment, and we both closed our doors,” Mack said. “Next thing I know, I hear more gunshots. I looked through my peephole and saw a man I didn’t recognize leaving his apartment.”
Wilson said the gunman used a shotgun blast to breach the door of Mack’s 62-year-old neighbor’s apartment and then killed him with a second shot.
Police responded and ordered Clark to drop his shotgun, but he did not comply. Police opened fire and wounded the man, causing him to drop the weapon. But they say he fled and fell to the ground near one of two men who had been shot earlier. Police say Clark reached for a gun on the ground nearby, and police opened fire again, killing him.
Inquests are fact-finding hearings conducted before a six-member jury. Under a standing executive order, they are routinely called to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of any law enforcement agency within King County while in the performance of his or her duties.
October 7, 2013 at 10:59 AM
The Associated Press
WENATCHEE — The Chelan County coroner says his office is still trying to notify the family of a man who was shot to death Saturday by police officers in Wenatchee.
The coroner says no information on the 24-year-old man will be released until after an autopsy Tuesday.
A press release put out by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office shortly after the shooting stated that “officers” had returned fire when the man shot at officers. But this morning the sheriff’s office said only one offier fired at the man after he fired at them as they attempted to arrest him on a felony warrant at a residence.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol are investigating the shooting.
September 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM
The man who was shot Saturday by Edmonds police after he reportedly pointed a rifle at officers has a history of mental illness, police said this morning.
The wounded man, 27, of Edmonds, is in stable condition at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, according to Aaron Snell of the Everett Police Department, speaking on behalf of the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team. The team investigates officer-involved shootings in the county.
Snell said the man will face assault charges once he is released from the hospital. He will not be identified until he has been charged, he said.
Snell said the man had made no threats to the citizens who called 911 to report he was walking down an Edmonds street Saturday morning with a .22-caliber rifle. Witnesses said Edmonds police gave several verbal commands for the man to the put down the rifle, Snell said. He said the man did not comply and at one point leveled the weapon at police, prompting two officers to open fire.
The two officers are a sergeant and a corporal with 15 years’ and 14 years’ experience on the Edmonds police force. Both have been placed on administrative leave.
September 5, 2013 at 12:14 PM
UPDATE AT 5:09 P.M.: Seattle police said this afternoon the shooting of a woman last night by an officer was unintentional.
According to police, the officer was pulling out his handgun when it accidentally discharged, hitting the woman in the leg. She suffered a wound that is not considered life-threatening, police said.
Police say the woman was not armed.
The incident began just before 11 p.m. when a man called 911 from a motel near North 120th Street and Aurora Avenue North and reported hearing an incendiary device detonate The man then hung up.
As police responded to the scene, one officer spotted a 19-year-old woman punching another woman on the sidewalk near 120th and Aurora. When one of the women ran off across the street, the officer jumped out of his patrol car and chased her, police said.
He approached the woman in the parking lot of a nearby business and the woman refused to show her hands, prompting the officer to draw his firearm, police said. While drawing his gun, the officer unintentionally fired one shot, police said.
“The officer immediately radioed for medics and offered his apologies to the woman for the very regrettable incident,” police said in an account of the incident posted online.
Because the woman was a suspect in an assault, officers ran her name and learned she was wanted in Snohomish County on several felony warrants, police said. Seattle police contacted Snohomish County authorities, who requested that Seattle police book the woman into jail for the warrants.
Homicide/Assault detectives are investigating the shooting and have placed the officer’s duty firearm into evidence. As per department policy, the 29-year-old officer — who has been with the Seattle Police Department for a year and a half — has been placed on administrative leave.
Police have determined the original report of an incendiary explosion was a false report made by an individual believed to be suffering from mental health issues.
ORIGINAL POST: A woman is recovering after she was shot in the leg by a Seattle police officer Wednesday night, according to police.
Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said officers were called to a disturbance at the Seal’s Motel at 12035 Aurora Ave. N. around 11 p.m.
As officers were driving to the motel, they saw people fighting at the Orion Hotel next door, Witt said. She said one of the participants, a woman, ran off when she saw police.
An officer chased the woman as she ran across a street, into a parking lot and behind a building, police said. According to a police account of the incident, “at some point the officer encountered the female in the back parking lot of the business. During that encounter a shot was fired and the female was struck once in the lower leg.”
It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted the officer to fire and whether the woman was armed.
Witt said today that detectives are still interviewing witnesses and, possibly the victim, to determine what happened.
More information on the shooting is expected to be released later today, she said.
Witt said the fight outside of the Orion was not related to the original call for help, in which a man with apparent mental health issues was reportedly threatening to blow things up.
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