Woodcarver shot 4 times in side by Seattle police, lawyer says

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 7:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 6 at 5:20 PM

SEATTLE -  An attorney for the family of a First Nations woodcarver shot to death by a Seattle police officer says the man was struck by four bullets on his right side.

The King County Medical Examiner's report on the shoooting indicates that John Williams was not facing the police officer when he was shot Aug. 30, attorney Tim Ford said.

When asked if this means Williams did not pose a threat to the officer, Ford said, "He was shot from the right side, he was not  facing the officer, I'll let you draw your own conclusion."

The report also shows that Williams arrived at the Medical Examiner's office in handcuffs, hands behind his back. It also notes that a pair of headphones attached to an AM-FM radio were found with Williams' body.

Seattle police have previously said that Officer Ian Birk fired four rounds from a distance of nine to 10 feet after warning Williams to drop a 3-inch knife he used for carving.

The police department's Firearms Review Board  has completed a confidential inquiry into the shooting. The Board is to determine if the shooting was justified, not justified or accidental.  The King County Prosecutor is expected to hold a court inquest as well.

 

Police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb says he can't comment on the autopsy results because of confidentiality rules.

 

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