Man with knife shot, killed by Seattle police officer


by KING 5 News

Posted on August 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 30 at 10:46 PM

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SEATTLE – A Seattle police say an officer shot and killed a man who approached the officer with a knife and refused to put it down.

It happened about 4:15 p.m. at the intersection of Boren Avenue and Howell Street in downtown Seattle.

According to Seattle police, the officer noticed the man whittling a piece of wood with the knife. When the officer approached to ask the suspect what he was doing, the man got up and moved toward the officer with the knife in his hand.

The suspect allegedly ignored repeated commands to drop the knife. The officer fired on the suspect, killing him.

Chief John Diaz came to the scene shortly after the shooting, but offered no more details.

"We had an individual with a knife. He was asked, um, commanded to drop the knife and it appears that he didn't," said Diaz.

Witnesses say they heard as many as four shots, but there is no confirmation from police on how many shots were fired. The identity of the suspect has not been released.

As police conducted their investigation after the shooting, one man walked up and yelled at officers. They told him to clear the scene and take his hands out of his pockets. When he refused, officers forced him to the ground and took him into custody. Officers say it was a safety precaution to make sure there was no more violence at the scene.

Diaz says the officer has a good record. The officer is now on paid leave, which is standard when an officer fires a weapon.

Diaz says he could call a press conference Tuesday to reveal more information about what happened.