SEATTLE – Police say a man was killed in an officer-involved shooting in the Ravenna neighborhood Friday morning and it appears related to a case of someone intentionally ramming a Seattle police cruiser on Interstate 5.
The medical examiner said 27-year-old Samuel Smith of Seattle died of multiple gunshots wounds on Friday. His death was ruled a homicide by the ME.
Seattle Police Captain Sean O'Donnell said it started around 4 a.m. on southbound I-5 at N 85th Street. A police cruiser was rammed from behind by a Mazda, causing the officer to lose control and end up in a ditch.
Officers flooded the Ravenna neighborhood looking for the car. An officer spotted a vehicle matching the description at 65th Street and Ravenna Avenue. O'Donnell says there was some confrontation outside the car between the driver and officer and that the driver had a large knife.
The officer fired several shots and killed the driver, police said. O'Donnell could not initially say if the driver attacked the officer.
Neighbors say they heard at least three shots.
Crime Scene Investigation and the Office of Professional Accountability are investigating the shooting. Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole also came to the scene. The officer will likely be placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after an officer fires their weapon.
All lanes of southbound I-5 were blocked for the investigation of the accident scene, causing a backup of several miles during the morning commute.