SEATTLE (AP) — A south Seattle man who was alarmed by a disturbance outside his home Sunday night was shot and killed by police when he met them at his door with a gun.
The man had called 911 using his medical alert relay service, said Detective Mark Jamieson.
“He was talking about the lights outside and said he had a weapon and wasn’t afraid to use it,” Jamieson said.
He mentioned a prowler, but there was none, Jamieson said.
The disturbance was the fire department responding to a person in a car who appeared to have some sort of medical crisis.
Additional officers responded to protect the firefighters and an officer at the scene. When they approached the house to talk to the man, he came to the door with a gun, Jamieson said.
The man refused commands to drop the weapon. Police said when he aimed it at one officer, two other officers fired. The man was killed at the scene. No officers were injured.
The officers involved have been placed on leave for the shooting investigation.
The dead man has not yet been identified and it’s unclear why he threatened police.
“We don’t know what his thinking process was,” Jamieson said.
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