Man fatally shot by troopers on I-5 identified


by Associated Press and KING 5 News

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 10:23 PM

SEATTLE  - A man fatally shot after authorities say he stopped his pickup in the middle of southbound Interstate 5 in Seattle and menaced state troopers with a knife has been identified as a 33-year-old man with ties to Marysville and Auburn.
The King County Medical Examiner's office said the man fatally wounded Monday night was Jonathan K. Whitehead. He died of multiple gunshot wounds.
KING 5 has learned Whitehead's brother is a police officer. A records check shows Whitehead was cited for several traffic infractions in 2012.

Whitehead lived with his brother in Marysville for a time, neighbors said.  One former neighbor described him as "someone who'd fallen on hard times," adding, "he was friendly and always willing to help."

A check of Whitehead's Facebook page shows a troubled man who struggled to find steady work while challenging his own spiritualilty as well.

Whitehead's family asked for privacy and declined to comment.
Callers to 911 reported an erratic driver who stopped his pickup, which soon caught fire. Witnesses say the man then spray-painted a large green circle on the pavement. Troopers used a Taser when the man confronted them with a knife but say it had no effect. The State Patrol says that's when Troopers Andrew Boyer and Christopher Kyle shot him. They remain on leave while Seattle police investigate.

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