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December 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM
A man who Seattle police fatally shot late last month after he fired a rifle at officers has been identified.
Leonid Kalyuzhnyy died from a gunshot wound of the chest, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported Monday. His age was not determined.
Kalyuzhnyy was shot and killed by Seattle police Officer Brad Devore about 4 a.m. Nov. 29, after police were called to the Elizabeth James House in the Central District on reports of a gunshot.
A woman came out of the apartment building at 23rd Avenue East and East John Street, screaming, “He’s got a gun, and he’s threatening to kill me,” police spokeswoman Renee Witt said after the incident.
Officers looked up at the building’s second floor and could see a man, later identified as Kalyuzhnyy, with a rifle in an open hallway. Kalyuzhnyy yelled, “I’m going to kill you,” and fired one shot at the officers, Witt said. Devore fired back twice, hitting Kalyuzhnyy, police said.
SWAT team officers went into the building, found Kalyuzhnyy and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but Kalyuzhnyy died at the scene.
A woman who identified herself as Kalyuzhnyy’s girlfriend later told The Seattle Times she didn’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.”
Devore, who works as a patrol officer in the East Precinct, has been with the department for two years. He is on paid administrative leave, as per department policy.
December 3, 2013 at 6:03 PM
A Renton man was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder with a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm after authorities say he killed a 26-year-old woman because he believed she had damaged his car.
Jowanna Gooden, who died of a gunshot wound to the head, was found dead near the Burke-Gilman Trail, in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, on Oct. 4.
Uriel Boyd has been held in lieu of $1 million bail since his arrest on Nov. 26.
According to the charges:
On the night of Oct. 3, Boyd, who also goes by the name “Duane,” was seen by a witness talking to Gooden at the R-Bar & Grill on 116th Avenue Southeast in Renton.
Detectives got a search warrant for Boyd’s phone records and determined that he received a phone call at 10:55 p.m. on Oct. 3 while near the 4000 block of Bagley Avenue North, which is about five blocks from where Gooden’s body was found. Officers found a single 9 mm shell casing near her feet, as well as a nearly empty can of 211 Steel Reserve beer nearby, the charges allege.
Detectives found the same brand of beer in Gooden’s apartment, along with a pizza she’d purchased within hours of her death.
Police say Boyd drove Gooden to Seattle and they argued after Boyd accused her of damaging his Ford Crown Victoria, the charges say. According to police, Boyd claimed he brandished a 9 mm gun to scare Gooden and the gun went off as he pointed it at her from less than two feet away, the charges allege.
November 29, 2013 at 6:04 AM
Seattle police shot and killed a man who fired a rifle from an apartment building in Seattle’s Capitol Hill area early this morning.
Police were called to the apartment building at 23rd Avenue East and East John Street about 4 a.m. 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, who fell to the ground, police said. The officer has not been identified.
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.
Witt said police don’t know the relationship between the man and the woman.
November 28, 2013 at 2:24 PM
Seattle police are looking for a man who grabbed a young woman from behind, threw her down, covered her mouth and groped her after she got off the No. 7 bus just before 11 p.m. Wednesday in the 4200 block of South Dawson Street.
The man ran away after the female, described by police as a juvenile, bit his hand, fought him and started screaming for help. She ran to a nearby residence.
An arrest has not been made.
The man ran west on South Dawson Street to 42nd Avenue South, and a witness saw him run south on 42nd Avenue South to Rainier Avenue South and then north on Rainier, according to police. A police dog tracked him to the 5200 block of Rainier Avenue South, police said. Surveillance video shows the man ran to a vehicle parked on Rainier Avenue South, police said.
Police reported the suspect was wearing something similar to a ski mask with cut outs for the eyes and nose. He’s described as 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, with short hair and wearing a dark blue jacket, blue jeans and white shoes.
November 28, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Two shots were fired outside a University District nightclub early Thursday after a fight broke out, according to Seattle police. No injuries were reported.
Police say a disturbance erupted in a parking lot after the crowd left Club Fusion at 722 N.E. 45th St. at 2 a.m. A dark colored Suburban circled the lot as one of the occupants discharged pepper spray into the crowd and then fired two shots in the air as the vehicle headed west on Northeast 45th Street.
The suspect was described as in his 20s, 6-foot-4, thin build, having a goatee, and wearing a blue/black/gray shirt and jeans. The Suburban he fled in, police were told, was a dark blue older model with a gray stripe down side.
November 20, 2013 at 4:26 PM
A Seattle police motorcycle officer who was seriously injured in a collision Monday morning in the Sodo neighborhood remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center.
The officer was riding west on South Lander Street at Third Avenue South around 9 a.m. when the driver of a 2011 Subaru Forester made a U-turn in front of him, according to Seattle police said. The impact knocked the motorcycle over, injuring the officer.
A citizen ran over to the injured officer and used the officer’s radio to alert SPD dispatch to the accident, police said.
“His quick-thinking, and calm demeanor alerted officers to the situation and sped up emergency response,” police said in their online blog.
A Drug Recognition Expert officer evaluated the driver of the Subaru, but found no indications of any impairment, police said.
Police, on Wednesday, said the officer is a 25-year veteran of the force. His name has not been released.
“He’s hurt but the injuries are something he will recover from,” said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb.
November 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM
A Seattle man who police say was spotted by a teenage girl masturbating inside a parked van near Chief Sealth High School has been charged with indecent exposure.
Danen Romine, 34, was booked into the King County Jail on Oct. 25th and soon released. He was charged with the felony on Nov. 14.
Prosecutors say that around 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 25, police were dispatched to the van parked at 26th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Thistle Street. The girl, 17, told police she saw the man masturbating inside the van when she walked by.
The girl, a student at the school, ”walked quickly” to the principal’s office. Once there, she dialed 911, according to charges.
Officers stopped a man matching the description provided by the teen driving a blue van near 24th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Thistle Street. The man, identified by police as Romine, told police that he had been on the side of the road texting.
Romine’s arrest comes around the same time Seattle police investigated a string of indecent exposure incidents outside Holy Rosary School and Westside School, both in West Seattle. Romine was not charged in connection with those incidents.
November 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM
More than 30 suspected drug dealers and gang members were arrested this week following a months-long undercover operation run by Seattle police and the King County Sheriff’s Office in the area around Westlake Mall, according to law enforcement officials.
Seattle police said the investigation, dubbed “Operation Happy Holidays,” was initiated after receiving numerous reports of drug-dealing and gang activity near the Third Avenue corridor. During the sting, police purchased crack cocaine, powder cocaine, pills, and marijuana in the downtown core and developed cases against 40 people, according to police.
“We were specifically targeting gang members and dealers in this operation,” says SPD Gang Unit Sgt. Steve Jandoc, “we didn’t go after addicts.”
Police said the months long investigation resulted in the recovery of a handgun and evidence of crack cocaine manufacturing at a Georgetown motel. They say it was complicated by savvy street dealers..
“Dealers will sell marijuana,” Jandoc said in a news release, “but they like to get to know their customers before they’ll sell other drugs.”
The operation was led by Seattle police and the King County Sheriff’s Office. Other partners included the state Department of Corrections, King County Prosecutor’s Office, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“This operation was about helping downtown businesses and their customers as well as Metro Employees and transit riders downtown,” said sheriff’s Sgt Thomas Flanagan.
November 20, 2013 at 9:16 AM
Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray came to the aid of a bicyclist who had apparently fallen on Lakeview Boulevard East on Capitol Hill just before 8:30 a.m.
Murray was riding in a vehicle with his Seattle police security detail when they came upon a woman who had crashed her bike, said Jeff Reading, Murray’s spokesman. The woman was on the side of the road.
“Ed got out and his security got out and they just stayed with her,” Reading said. ”They had some towels and helped with her face. Asked her some questions then help came.”
The officer assigned to provide security to the new mayor radioed in what they saw and Seattle Fire Department medics responded.
Seattle fire spokesman Kyle Moore said the 24-year-old woman, who was wearing a helmet, fell at the Lakeview overpass and hurt her head. She was not hospitalized.
November 20, 2013 at 7:55 AM
Several dozen homeless advocates hit the streets of downtown as part of an organized protest.
Marchers, many dressed in heavy coats and knit caps this chilly morning, walked from Westlake Park to Seattle City Hall. The activists’ goal is to get 1,000 people off Seattle streets by summer. Protesters plan to attend the Committee to End Homelessness in King County Governing Board Meeting inside City Hall at 8:30 a.m., according to a news release sent out by the City of Seattle.
Seattle police are monitoring the event.
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