VIDEO: Officers Fatally Shoot Knife-Wielding Man To Save Girlfriend
Seattle, WA – Seattle police released bodycam footage of a man who was shot by police after he greeted officers at his door with a knife (video below).
The incident occurred at about 7 p.m. on May 8 when officers responded to a 911 call from a woman who said she was hiding from her boyfriend in her bathroom, KIRO reported.
She reported that her boyfriend had a knife and had tried to assault her.
And the armed boyfriend was still in the apartment.
“Please get him out, I’ve been trying to get him to leave and he won’t leave, and he just keeps telling me that he’s going to kill me, and he has his knife out,” the woman told the dispatcher, according to KIRO. “And he tackled me when I tried to call you earlier.”
She told the dispatcher that the bathroom door wouldn’t lock, but that she had jammed it shut and turned off the lights.
The woman told the dispatcher that her boyfriend had been threatening to commit suicide, KIRO reported.
At one point she said that he was “scraping at the door” and then pounding on the door.
Then she said, “He’s waiting for the police to break the door down — I might live, OK.”
Bodycam video from multiple officers’ was released and showed that officers tried to break down the door into the apartment as soon as they arrived on the scene.
The video showed they had to kick the door multiple times to break out the center panel and gain entry.
The suspect was waiting for officers just inside the door of the apartment, holding a knife, the video showed.
“Hands up!” one officer yelled.
“Drop the knife,” another officer told the suspect.
In the video, a woman can be heard screaming back inside the apartment.
The suspect took a step towards the officers in close proximity and the officers opened fire on him.
Then they rescued the woman who was still hiding in the bathroom in fear for her life.
Neither the officers nor the girlfriend were injured during the incident, according to KIRO.
Only two of the four officers at the scene discharged their weapons.
The suspect died at the scene.
The incident is being investigated by the King County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Police Accountability, KIRO reported.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content.