VIDEO: Gunman's Family Wants Cops Prosecuted For Shooting Under New Law

Iosia Faletogo was on federal probation when he drew a gun and fought with Seattle police.

Seattle, WA – The Seattle Police Department (SPD) has released dramatic bodycam footage of officers’ encounter with an armed drug dealer on New Year’s Eve (video below).

Iosia Faletogo, 36, was in possession of a stolen handgun when he led police on a foot chase that ended in a physical altercation, the agency said in the video release.

He was fatally shot by police during the encounter.

The incident began just after 5 p.m., when two SPD North Precinct officers spotted a vehicle making an improper lane change.

The vehicle had also been flagged by the Department of Licensing because the registered owner’s license had been suspended.

The driver, later identified as Faletogo, stopped the vehicle in the northbound lane on Aurora Avenue North, and initially remained inside his vehicle.

A source familiar with the investigation said that Faletogo provided the officers with what they later learned was a fake first name, The Seattle Times reported.

As the officers went back to their cruiser to run further checks on the driver, four other officers pulled up at the stop.

That’s when Faletogo suddenly jumped out of the vehicle and ran across the southbound lanes of traffic, the department said in the video release.

The video, which included dashcam and bodycam footage from multiple officers, showed Faletogo as he ran from police and turned down a side street.

“The suspect and the officers engaged in a physical struggle, and the suspect produced a handgun,” the department said in the video release.

“Don’t reach!” one officer yelled in the video.

“He’s got a gun!” another shouted. “Get the gun!”

“You’re gonna get shot!” officers warned. “Drop the gun!”

The officers struggled with Faletogo on the ground as he held the gun in his right hand, the video showed.

A moment later, as the weapon was lying on the ground just within Faletogo’s reach while the fight continued, SPD Officer Jared Keller fired a single round, The Seattle Times reported.

Faletogo was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office later determined he was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, according to The Seattle Times.

According to investigators, Faletogo was carrying a vial of 263 pills and $1,160 cash at the time of the altercation.

The pills were stamped with a code for oxycodone, and tested positive for acetaminophen and fentanyl, police said.

Investigators recovered Faletogo’s weapon at the scene, and determined it had been stolen during a vehicle burglary in Renton in 2016.

“He could have turned at any time, or just fired while running and killed a number of officers,” an unnamed police officer told KIRO. “I would have shot sooner."

"And don’t forget how dark it was," he continued. "We aren’t running with the ability to create a lot of light when we are in an all-out foot pursuit. We are assessing and running like hell with a utility belt on into the dark, intense, chaotic situation.”

The officer said that no one but Faletogo was responsible for how the altercation unfolded.

“He could have exited the vehicle without the gun and in my opinion, the outcome would have been different,” the officer added. “Once they saw the gun and he was not willing to stop after being warned multiple times to give up the fight or he was going to be shot — that’s it. There is no de-escalating that situation when you are in the middle of a fight like that.”

Police questioned a female passenger who was riding in the suspect vehicle at the time of the traffic stop, and she was later released.

Officer Keller, a three-year veteran of the force, has been placed on administrative leave, as per policy.

According to an anonymous police source, “the firing officer actually broke his hand and tore all the ligaments in it while battling and then shooting the suspect,” KIRO reported.

“I hope that comes out during all the Monday Morning Quarterbacking,” he said.

The Seattle Police Force Investigation Team is handling the ongoing investigation, according to the department’s press release.

Faletogo, a father of two, was on federal probation for other drug-related offenses at the time of his death.

According to U.S. District Court documents, Faletogo served time in King County for assault when he was 19, The Seattle Times reported.

He later spent about three years in Alaska recruiting, importing, and distributing heroin.

His operation was sizable. During one seizure in 2014, federal investigators intercepted a heroin shipment capable of supplying 1,500 people.

In June of 2018, Faletogo pleaded guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges in Juneau, Alaska.

Prosecutors urged the court to sentence Faletogo to five years in federal prison, but Chief U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess gave him probation instead.

Faletogo’s family has alleged that the officer’s use of deadly force was not justified.

“He would not use a weapon, because he has two kids that he loves so much,” his mother, Lisa Elisara told KIRO. “The cops shot him. I don’t know why they shot him, because I heard he was on the ground when they shot him.”

Faletogo’s uncle, Jacob Afalava said he believes the officers simply reacted out of fear due to Faletogo’s large stature.

“He stands about 6’4” when he stands up. He’s Samoan,” Afalava said. “We feel like just by that, the police were threatened by his demeanor or whatever, but he didn’t have to use deadly force and shoot him down like this.”

His family demanded the officers' prosecution under a new state law that makes it easier to prosecute police officers for using force.

The law was approved by voters in 2018 who were told that it would increase officers' training, but mandated training that officers already receive. One of the provisions in the law lowered the standard to prosecute police.

You can watch dashcam and bodycam footage of the officer’s encounter with Faletogo in the video below:

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SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

BASTARD GOT WHAT HE DESERVED.

PAC416
PAC416

He got want he asked for. What the heck are they going to do when every cop in the city bolts?

Patmandy
Patmandy

I stand up for police officers everyday I pray for them every night before I go to sleep asking God to keep them safe from harm but It's with a heavy heart I have to say they didn't need to shoot that slug of a person. I've watched the video over and over and I see where they pointed out the handgun he had but.....when he was on the ground both his hands were empty and then he was shot. I wasn't there so I don't know the story but I am going by what I see. God be with police on this one.

Cscott-78
Cscott-78

You have the luxury of video. The officers involved did not.

Usaf9000
Usaf9000

Patmandy you were not there and correct judgements are seldom made by only reviewing video. The officer reports often tell the story of what you can’t see in the videos. Other video angles can also tell a different story. The guy had a gun & was wrestling with several officers who could not control him due to his size & strength; an obvious disparity of force. There is an extremely dangerous criminal element who kill officers 2 times per week in America now. Criminals are to blame for everything that happens the moment they break the law because they caused the incident to happen in the first place. If they weren’t breaking laws the police wouldn’t have to be there. Police notice suspicious behavior or laws being broken & many times are called to the criminals location due to the criminals behavior. If criminals stopped their illegal actions & cooperated with authorities they would very seldom be shot due to conservatively 999 out of a 1000 cops being honest & everything always winding up on video. Things don’t always work out well for officers, civilians or the criminals when laws are broken and guns are involved, and they often go badly when there’s no cooperation with authorities after being caught! Since a good outcome cannot be guaranteed for anyone in these chaotic situations, the law breaking, violent perpetrator is at fault for causing the hazardous situation in the first place. The criminal, whether he Iives or dies is responsible for all the damage and injuries suffered as a result of his illegal actions. Simple concept that has been completely lost due to uninformed civilians and the equally uninformed media who now blames the cop who is normally just trying to do the very difficult job. Somebody has to do that job. Do we arrest every officer & send him/her to jail because he didn’t make a perfect quarter second decision? No you arrest the criminal for causing it. Could you run after the criminal wearing all the gear, fight with the large man, get severely injured and then what? Let him grab the gun in that instant & kill you? No, why should the law abiding cop take a chance & trust the law breaker to not grab the gun & shoot when he was reaching for it?! The criminal is the problem, not the police except for a few incidents where dirty or incompetent cops were involved, and they were dealt with. Thank you officers for doing this job. It’s too bad so many civilians & more importantly most of the media will never understand.

Pjcgolf
Pjcgolf

Who gives a shit

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Don't give fake names, don't sell drugs, don't carry a gun while selling drugs, don't run from the police, don't reach for your gun while running from the police, don't resist arrest, don't reach for the gun while you are resisting and you won't get shot.

Goofy
Goofy

Don't fight the cops with a gun. The police did what was needed, to save themselves.

ArizonaG30
ArizonaG30

Thd mothers"s pissed because her "meal ticket" is gone. He paid better than Welfare. Why was he walking to streets in the first place with his record?

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

Someone needs to investigate the judge in Juneau who gave this guy--a serious dealer who had drugs enough for 1,500 people and appears t have already had a record--probation instead of jail time. Note also how this felon "obeys" the law on restriction go possession of firearms.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

"“He stands about 6’4” when he stands up. He’s Samoan,” Afalava said. " No sir that is an incorrect statement. He WAS (past tense) 6'4"... I vote 2 drops of chlorine were added to the gene pool.

Bman6million_
Bman6million_

Seattle liberal HELL hole. Only places like this would make it easier to prosecute officers. All officers need to leave these cities and states.

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

LasVegasKalid
LasVegasKalid

Boom, headshot 😂😂

Dark_ePoch
Dark_ePoch

The family should be pissed at the judge. By showing leinency it empowered this guy to think it's ok to continue his illegal ways. If the judge had properly punished him and sent him to prison, he'd still be alive. But instead, by enabling him, the judge pushed him down this path. Another "innocent" victim of drugs. Plus all the officers that now have to deal with their own personal aftermath.

slo1942
slo1942

One less THUG !!!!!

NickyJ
NickyJ

Happy New Year!

TCSO7801
TCSO7801

First two camera scenes it would appear IMHO that the officer with the hand injury did not intend to fire his weapon. That many other officers would be put in danger from the shot or ricochet. Also only one shot was fired and it was from a standing position.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

F--ck the voters in the Misery of Washington; each of whom voted for the new law being deserved of needing the police but not ever having the thrill of being rescued. Police work is not at all like that of a florist.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

But he was such a good boy. Says families of these these families

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Bigg59
Bigg59

Goes back to if he had complied with the officers command to stay in the car he would still be here be breathing might be in jail but still here. My Dad always told me if you can't listen you can feel. So sorry about ya

onceuponatime
onceuponatime

The family will receive millions rather than to have the negative press. Wait and see.

redbird
redbird

AS IF loving his children means anything, really. If he had ANY respect for human life, he wouldn't be selling drugs that will cost the lives of many peoples' loved ones. Mother, you are a gd idiot, enabler, and scourge to society.

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

Especially if the case is sent back to the same low life judge that gave him probation to start all this. It's all his fault this happened, but he can't be sued

Irishmexicangirl
Irishmexicangirl

Time for the citizens to sue the family of these POS. Also all LEO need to walk out if the SPD special investigation sides with the family and the court pays them off with a Ghetto lottery award.