Officer shoots man at downtown Seattle bus stop

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 7, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 8 at 5:33 PM

Officer-involved shooting

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SEATTLE –  Two Seattle police officers are being questioned after one of them shot a man at a bus stop in downtown Seattle.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday at Third Avenue and Yesler Way.

Seattle Police Deputy Chief Nick Metz said the officers were responding to reports of a man brandishing a handgun near a bus stop.

When the two officers arrived, they spotted the suspect and ordered him to show his hands. He refused and tried to walk away. Shortly after, one of the officers used his Taser on the suspect. That’s when the suspect allegedly reached for the waistband of his pants, where the officers believed he had a gun.

"When he jammed his hand down the front of his pants, the officer could see a large metal object. The officer, knowing that the man had been carrying a weapon, had been seen with a weapon, dropped his Taser, drew his weapon and fired one shot, striking the man in the torso area," said Metz.

A handgun was recovered from the man's waistband as they took him into custody.

Witnesses say the suspect was lying on the ground after the shooting, but was conscious, alert and talking. One of them says he heard the suspect say "Why did you shoot me? Why did you shoot me?"

The suspect, described as a 38-year-old Hispanic man, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life threatening injuries. He was listed in serious condition Wednesday morning.

Neither officer was hurt. Their identities have not yet been released.

The officer involved in the shooting was put on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings. Police said there will be a review of the incident.

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