Seattle Police release video of fatal shooting of car prowl suspect
February 21, 2018
CLICK TO ENLARGE Suspect's gun police say they recovered at the scene. Photo: SPD
(SEATTLE, WA.) – Last night Seattle Police released a photo of a suspect’s handgun as well as the officer “body worn” video and patrol car dashcam video of the events surrounding the fatal shooting of a criminal suspect early Monday morning in the city’s Ravenna neighborhood which began with a car prowl in progress.
According to an SPD statement, around 4:20 am officers responded to the 6000 block of 34th Avenue NE for a report of a car prowl in progress. When officers arrived, they saw a man inside a parked car.
“The suspect fled on foot and officers gave chase,” said the statement. “During the foot pursuit, the suspect fired a handgun at the officers. One officer returned fire. None of the officers were injured and the suspect continued to flee.”
Additional police officers and a K9 team responded to the area and began searching for the suspect who, police say, then broke into a home in the 6000 block of 27th Avenue NE and stole a vehicle from the residents at gunpoint. They were not injured.
The man later crashed that vehicle near NE 55 Street and 26th Avenue NE. At that collision scene officers attempted to take the suspect into custody and, “During the encounter, one officer fired, striking the suspect.”
The following video shows Seattle Police officer bodyworn footage of the initial contact with the suspect, the suspect firing at the officer and the officer returning fire. Following that is dashcam video of the suspect, driving a stolen car, colliding with a Seattle Police car and the final encounter where an officer fired upon the suspect.
Regarding the incident, police released these details:
~ The initial contact occurred in the 6000 block of 34th Avenue NE at 4:28 a.m. After the exchange of gunfire, the suspect escaped into the surrounding neighborhood. Police set containment and began to track him with a K9 team.
~ At around 5:11 a.m., the armed suspect broke into a home in the 6000 block of 27 Avenue NE. The suspect confronted the residents and robbed them of their car at gun point.
~ The suspect sped away and was stopped at 5:15 a.m. when he collided with a Seattle Police patrol car in the 5500 block of 26 Avenue NE.
~ Officers immediately contacted the suspect. During the encounter, one officer fired, striking the suspect. Several officers provided first aid to the wounded suspect. Seattle Fire Department medics responded and declared the suspect deceased at the scene.
Seattle Police Force Investigation Team (FIT) detectives continue to investigate this officer involved shooting. Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to contact FIT detectives at 206 684-9292.