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Bellevue police lieutenant fires gun while responding to domestic disturbance; no one hit

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BELLEVUE -- A 36-year-old Bellevue police lieutenant fired one shot while responding to a domestic disturbance Friday night, but no one was hit. The bullet struck a nearby parked car, police said.

The incident occurred in the 1200 block of 151st Place Southeast shortly after 6:20 p.m, when officers responded to a domestic disturbance call, spokesman Seth Tyler said.

The suspect, who reportedly had been fighting with his wife, was yelling at the officers in the street, neighbors said.

There was a brief foot chase of the suspect by the police when the officer, a 12-year veteran with the Bellevue Police Department, fired his weapon.

Police said they later found on the street a pellet gun with the barrel drilled out to resemble a real gun. It was found in the area where the foot chase took place, police said.

The "weapon involved" in Friday night's officer-involved shooting -- a pellet gun that resembles a real gun, Bellevue police say. (Photo: Bellevue Police Dept.)

The "weapon involved" in Friday night's officer-involved shooting -- a pellet gun that resembles a real gun, Bellevue police say. (Photo: Bellevue Police Dept.)

The officer was placed on paid administrative leave, which is usual procedure, pending a shooting investigation. King County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

The suspect in the domestic disturbance was taken into custody, Tyler said.

 

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4 comments

  • SamSmith77

    Glad all the officers are okay. How people think it is A: ok to run from the police and B: ok to run from the police while holding what appears to be a gun, is beyond me. Stay safe and thanks for what you do!

  • hellomurica

    While I’m glad this ended with nobody shot, cops shooting and missing places the community in danger. Learn how to fire your freaking weapon, LEOs.

  • dg54321

    Yeah, that’s pretty realistic looking. Only on closer examination can you see the slide release and such is just molded into the side of the frame.

  • Derek

    he was running away from the officer therefore his back was to the officer.
    Officer fired at a suspect running away (with his back to the officer)
    I believe you can be shot in the back if you are pointing a weapon over your shoulder. This guy per the report was running away not pointing his weapon.
    Officer will be fired.
    US Supreme court ruled many years ago police can only shoot a suspect in the back if the police officer feels threatened. Now before you say he felt threatened other court cases have stated a weapon must be pointed at the officer.
    Dont believe me look at the officer being charged back east for shooting a suspect in the back who was running away.