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Metro bus driver shot

A 64-year-old male bus driver was shot shortly before 9 a.m. Aug. 12. He sustained non-life threatening injuries. Police shot the suspect on another Metro bus; the suspect sustained life threatening injuries.

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SEATTLE- Steven Ackley is a daily King County Metro commuter.  He says he feels pretty safe, especially when he’s on a bus equipped with a surveillance camera.

Bus“It gives you a sense of security that if something happens to you there is someone who is going to be held accountable eventually,” said Ackley.

On Monday, a violent passenger shot the driver of one bus, then boarded another and was shot and killed by police.  Both buses had cameras and we requested the video, only to find out that due to a technical error it didn’t exist.

About 40% of all Metro buses have cameras.  Now the question is are any of them working?

“Otherwise why have them?  They’re for people’s safety and for record of what occurs on the bus so it’s not just he said she said,” said one passenger.

Attorney Chris Davis agrees.  He has handled cases against King County Metro before, and says bus cam video is critical evidence.

“There is always inconsistency among the witnesses and so it can be difficult to determine what happened.  When you have a video there is no question what happened.  It can literally make or break a case,” said Davis.

Apollo Video Technology, a Bothell company that sold Metro the cameras, told Q13 FOX News it recommended the county update the software every three years and that it has been six years and that maintenance was never done.

“That’s a great question and one the county should be answering because obviously they’re spending a lot of money to install these cameras; they definitely should be working and receiving regular maintenance,” said Davis.

Here is the statement King County Metro sent about this issue:

On Thursday Metro Transit confirmed that camera systems on the two buses involved in Monday’s shooting incident (Routes 27 and 120) failed to produce on-board video. The preliminary finding is that the problem stemmed from a hard drive error in the DVR systems, which prevented them from capturing the video.

“In light of these errors, (King) County Executive (Dow) Constantine directed Metro to conduct an immediate review of the status and maintenance of all on-board security cameras. Meanwhile, Metro will continue to work with police on the ongoing investigation surrounding Monday’s incident.

Video system functionality

Metro has used the video system since 2008. Overall, the system has proved to be an invaluable tool leading to numerous arrests over the years based on the images captured.

Over the past 18 months, Metro has downloaded approximately 4,000 video requests from law enforcement agencies and others, including media organizations. These videos have been instrumental in successfully prosecuting suspects and have augmented on-the-ground work performed by King County’s Metro Transit deputies and local police units. Currently about 550 coaches are equipped with on-board camera systems representing about 40 percent of Metro’s entire bus fleet.  By 2016, approximately 50% of Metro buses, including its new trolley fleet, will be equipped with cameras.

Operational environment

On-board transit video systems are complex and take a daily beating due to heavy bus usage. In this challenging field environment, friction, heat and vibration can all play a role in overall system reliability.  Consequently, systems can go out of service during the course of daily operation.

Next steps

Metro’s top priority is the safety and security of its passengers and operators, and after every incident, Metro examines what can be learned and what can be done differently in the future.

In light of these system errors and the direction from the Executive, technicians will check the status of camera equipment on Metro’s entire bus fleet. Metro will also work with the vendor to learn more about the factors that can contribute to such errors, such as equipment life cycle and maintenance. Current maintenance procedures call for system checks when technicians routinely retrieve video; Metro now plans to step up video system maintenance and review as part of its standard 6,000-mile coach inspection program.

We also recognize that changes in technology may present opportunities for system improvement. Metro has already begun a test on selected coaches to evaluate  the capability of WIFI technology to remotely monitor the recording status of on-board video systems in real time.  If this technology proves reliable and cost effective, it would enable more rapid identification and repair of faulty equipment.”

Local News
08/15/13

New plan to stop violence in Seattle

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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel will announce later today a plan to cut down on violence in the downtown area in the wake of Monday’s shooting of a Metro bus driver.

Business leaders and the public have complained about an increase in violence in the downtown corridor and how they often feel unsafe.

The news conference is scheduled for 1:30.

 

 

metro bus shootingSEATTLE — Safety is still on the minds of many after a shooting in broad daylight on a crowded metro bus in downtown Seattle. A lot of folks we spoke with are concerned about safety in downtown and specifically on metro buses.

This was ignited by a scary incident Monday morning. Martin Duckworth shot King County Metro bus driver Deloy Dupuis twice at point blank range. Police caught up with the gunman minutes later shooting and killing him.

Dupuis is walking and talking. He seemed healthy and in good spirits yesterday. We caught up with him and his wife who says they are spending time together and relaxing between his doctor visits. Dupuis was the only person Duckworth shot but folks worry about their safety when they board a bus. Metro

Megan Moilanen works downtown. She said, “After yesterday’s incident I have debated getting some mace or pepper spray but I just don’t make eye contact with anyone that seem they might be threatening.”

Ellyce Shulman also works downtown. She said, In the morning I don’t take the bus anymore because walking down pine really early is just…i’ve had some bad experiences.”

Mayor Mike McGinn points to statistics that show a significant decrease in crime over the last few years in downtown. McGinn also says more cops are on the way and they will be pounding the pavement this time next year.

SEATTLE — Seattle police say violent crime in the downtown core is down big-time from the same period last year.

11111“The good news is we’re one of two precincts with double-digit reductions in crime, including violent crime,” Seattle Police Capt. Jim Dermody said.

That may be true but, all of the people we talked with say they don’t always feel safe there.

“It’s become a lot worse than it used to be,” downtown resident Jason Smith said.

“I think you have to be careful when it’s early in the morning or late at night,” downtown worker Ellyce Shulman said.

“It depends on the day. Some days it’s worse. Some days are better than others.  I’d say later in the week is definitely worse than the beginning of the week and later in the afternoon is definitely worse than early morning,” downtown worker Megan Moilanen said.

That is an analysis of crime, danger and insecurity steeped in fear, fear that one could easily become a victim on downtown streets and precautions need to be taken.

“After yesterday’s incident I have debated getting some mace or pepper spray. But I just don’t make eye contact with anyone that seem they might be threatening,” Moilanen said.

The problems are well-documented and some caught on surveillance video.

A man was attacked in an alley, knocked out cold and robbed.

A woman had her cell phone stolen. It’s a crime happening so often, it has a name; Apple picking.

Most recently a man exposed himself himself on a Metro bus.

“In the morning I don’t take the bus anymore because walking down Pine really early is just … I’ve had some bad experiences,” Shulman said.

“There’s a lot more people out at night.  Living downtown you just hear it; people screaming, gunshots all the time,” Smith said.

One day after a King County Metro bus driver was shot in the face, Third Avenue was packed with police and deputies, even Homeland Security agents out in force trying to keep the peace.

Neighbors would like to see that presence all the time and a safer downtown experience for locals and tourists alike.

“I grew up here so I know what it used to be like and I know what it’s like now and it’s not someplace you want to take your kids like right down here, Westlake. They just put a kid’s park in there and I wouldn’t take my kids there,” Smith said.

Mayor Mike McGinn says cleaning up downtown is a work in progress

“We are deploying officers to the places they’re needed most based upon where the data is and that includes a greater presence in these areas; Third Avenue, Westlake Park, other downtown areas,” McGinn said.

Moreover, more help is on the way. SPD is in the process of hiring 30 new officers.

They should be trained and on the street to protect and serve by next summer.

SEATTLE — Just one day after a bus driver was shot twice in downtown Seattle, he was miraculously out of the hospital and in good spirits.

dupuisDeLoy Dupuis, 64, is tired but made a brief statement at his home in Pierce County.

“I’m OK physically, I’ll heal really quick,” Dupuis said. “It was quite an ordeal.”

Dupuis’ wife, Shelley Coleman, said her husband has worked at King County Metro for 15 years.

And while the couple had shared concerns about safety on the bus, Coleman actually thought Dupuis would be safer working the day shift. His schedule had just changed after a long stint on the night shift.

And even though Dupuis is OK physically, his wife says her husband will be forever changed.

“It’s affected him,” said Coleman. “I think the words he used this morning, he was terrified, you know. And all he could think about was where he could move to get out of the range of the gun. It was very close to him. It was just inches out of his reach and he was dodging bullets, literally.”

Coleman said Tuesday was busy for her husband with visits to doctors, but he also made a brief appearance at work so he could speak with his co-workers.

When asked if Dupuis would go back to work after all of this, Coleman said they’re not even close to making a decision on that yet.

SEATTLE — Most King County Metro riders feel the bus is safe place, but some are not so sure.

busshoot“I was in Vietnam and I’m more scared riding Metro sometimes,” Clay Brown said Tuesday. “I’m not surprised that someone didn’t get killed a long time ago because I’ve seen people with guns on the bus all the time.”

Metro police said if you see something that worries you, call 911 and report the route number and the four digit coach number posted on the bottom of the front windshield, back of the bus and side windows.

There are 100 armed Metro and Sound Transit security officers, some in uniform and others who are undercover like air marshals. Drivers are trained not to get in to it with unruly riders.

“That is really the role of the bus operators — to be a peacekeeper on the coach and support the riders with a good, safe operation and not get into a confrontation with customers,” Dave Jutilla with Metro Transit Police said.

Metro experimented with secure enclosures for drivers after an attack a few years ago, but they didn’t like it as it made it hard to interact with passengers and there were fears a driver could get trapped in a crash.

“If it was a big city like New York and there was a lot of crime, maybe we would consider it more seriously,” Martin Munguia with Community Transit in Snohomish County said. “We don’t want to create an atmosphere that this looks like a dangerous place or we don’t want to interact with you.”

Last year, there were 107 Metro Transit drivers who were assaulted. Pierce Transit reports it nine of its drivers were assaulted.

Local News
08/13/13

Commuters get back on board buses

SEATTLE — A shooting on board a King County Metro bus Monday morning sent the driver to the hospital and left two passengers slightly injured.

A few hours later, King County Executive Dow Constantine issued a public statement declaring that the transit system is safe and the shooting was an “isolated incident.”

“The transit system is safe. The drivers who deliver hundreds of thousands of folks to their destinations every day are remarkably dedicated. I hope the next time you board a bus you will take a moment to thank your metro driver,” he said.

metro bus shootingTuesday morning, thousands of people boarded King County Metro buses as they normally have and the majority of the riders said they will keep riding the bus despite yesterday’s events.

Michael Wheeler rides the bus every day and was waiting for his bus on 3rd Avenue this morning.

“Things are going to happen everywhere you go,” Wheeler said. “You have to pick up on that. There’s people out there that have different things going on.”

But some people in downtown Seattle were a little uneasy about boarding a bus after what happened.

“Right off the bat I thought to myself, ‘I’m not surprised. I’m surprised it hasn’t happened a long time ago or somebody got killed’,” Clay Brown said. “Because they’re on the bus all the time. Not everyone’s like that, but I’m here to tell you it happens.”

SEATTLE — A shooting on board a King County Metro bus sent a bus driver to the hospital and left two passengers slightly injured as they tried to escape from harm Monday morning.

The shooting happened during the height of the morning commute. That same afternoon, County Executive Dow Constantine, issued a public statement declaring that the transit system in King County is safe and this shooting was an isolated incident.

Constantine said, “The transit system is safe. The drivers who deliver hundreds of thousands of folks to their destinations every day are remarkably dedicated. I hope the next time you board a bus you will take a moment to thank your metro driver.”

metro bus shootingThis morning we will speak with commuters about the incident and talk about their faith in the transit system. We will have more on those responses later today.

SEATTLE — It was not the way anyone wanted to start their day — a busy morning rush, a crowded King County Metro bus, a fight and then gunfire.

Bus“When I was going up to the bus, I could see them (bus driver and suspect) hitting at each other and then pop, pop, pop,” witness Richard Gray said.

It happened at 3rd and Union just before 9 a.m.

Witnesses say the gunman, identified as Martin Duckworth, 31, entered through the rear door, then he got angry when the driver told him he needed to come to the front and pay to ride.

Another witness said Duckworth “hit the driver and I turned away and then I heard the pop and so I ran. And then it seemed like he was going the same direction I was, so I kept running and I kept hearing him … and then there would be a bunch of pops.”

Duckworth shot the driver, 64-year-old Deloy Dupuis, at least twice — in the face and cheek.

“At the same time, people are exiting both the front and back door of the bus — they’re running they’re yelling, ‘He has a gun,’ ” interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel said.

Dupuis was taken to the hospital, treated and released late Monday afternoon.

Witnesses say the Duckworth took off running from the scene, with officers close behind.

Cops say the he tried to get into several vehicles during the chase but couldn’t, and he kept running, gun still in hand.

“You can`t help people when someone pulls out firearms; you better run and then call somebody to help,” witness Kip Green said.

Duckworth then jumped on board a different Metro bus at 2nd and Seneca as police closed in.

“People scattering to get out of the way on the sidewalk across the street there,” witness Shawn Good said.

Passengers on that crowded bus jumped out the back as police drew their weapons.

Once riders were clear, officers fired multiple rounds, hitting Duckworth at least once.

He died a short time later.

“Oh my God, it was so scary. I mean, you don`t really see that kind of stuff every day, to see it right outside the window is pretty breathtaking,” witness Kari Courtade said.

King County Executive Dow Constantine was one of the first to visit Dupuis in the hospital.

He says Dupuis had only one question.

“He asked almost immediately; how were his passengers? That is an example of the kind of dedicated public servant that we so value here,” Constantine said.

So the driver is OK and no passengers on either bus were injured, due in large part to drivers who did what they could to protect passengers.

“I hope the next time you board a bus that you will take a minute to thank your Metro driver for doing a tough job and doing it remarkably well,” Constantine said.

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