Seattle police have released graphic dashcam footage of Sunday’s shooting by an officer of a domestic-violence suspect in the Central District.
The video shows the man advancing on a female officer, who repeatedly orders him to drop two knives he is carrying. The officer fires several shots and the man staggers and collapses on the sidewalk.
Two other officers arrive on the scene and approach the man, telling him to stay down, and then tend to him while awaiting paramedics. The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.
Police also released audio of a 911 call made by the wounded man’s spouse, who told the dispatcher that his husband was suicidal, had been taking prescription drugs and was trying to drive away from the residence. The caller said he had taken the keys to their vehicle.
The first officer on the scene is seen taking some of this information from the caller, who then exclaims, “He’s right there.” The officer is then heard saying, “I got eyes on him,” and immediately tells the man to “Drop the knife!”