A man in his 30s was shot and killed in Beacon Hill last night on Tuesday, July 1 after he aimed a gun at officers.
According to the police report, at about 10:30 p.m., Washington State Patrol Troopers (WSP) were in a pursuit of a white pickup truck Northbound, near the Pierce/King County line. The vehicle was occupied by a man and woman who were traveling northbound into Seattle. The vehicle crashed near Swift Avenue and S. Eddy Street. The woman remained in the car and was later transported to Harborview Medical Center for injuries she sustained from the car crash. The man jumped out of the pick up truck and ran several blocks before hiding inside a storage shed.
A Seattle Police k-9 was called to the scene to assist with the search of the suspect. Officers began searching the area when they found the suspect hiding inside a storage shed. The suspect allegedly appeared from the shed and pointed a gun at the officers.
An officer fired multiple times, striking the suspect, who died at the scene. An investigation into the incident is still pending.
The South Seattle Crime Prevention Council said the incident is not representative of an increase in crime in the community.
“While it is very disconcerting to neighbors to have shots fired near their homes, this incident is not directly related to our community,” the South Seattle Crime Prevention Council said in a statement. “South Precinct officers are going door-to-door in the immediate area of the shooting to assure residents that their neighborhood has not suddenly become a hot spot for crime.”
Editor’s note (6:15 p.m. on 7/2/2014): Added a quote from the South Seattle Crime Prevention Council.