Man shot by Seattle Police dies of his injuries

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 7:32 PM

The suspect who was shot by Seattle Police Monday night in SODO has died. He is 36-year-old Andrew Law, who was waving a gun, according to police.

The Seattle Police Department said there were multiple reports of a man waving a gun near a bus stop. When officers arrived, they said the man refused to give up the gun. An officer armed with a rifle shot the suspect.

Law was the second suspect to be shot by Seattle Police in a 36-hour period.

On Sunday morning, Seattle Police shot a man who was flashing a gun in Belltown.

The officer-involved shootings will be investigated in a new way, starting this year.

Because the U.S. Department of Justice has put new use-of-force procedures in place,  citizens will have a stronger voice in determining if police went too far.

"Now, under new protocol, I'm on the scene and I have the responsibility on behalf of the public to take charge of the investigation." said Pierce Murphy, the new director of the Office of Professional Accountability.

Murphy was called to both shooting scene to observe how police handled the investigation of their own.

He says, in both cases, police followed the rules for investigating use of force.

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