Man wielding knife shot by police

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Seattle OISSEATTLE — Seattle Police shot a man who was reportedly wielding a knife in Magnolia Saturday afternoon.  The incident happened just before noon, as police responded to the area near 36th Avenue West and West Smith Street, Seattle Police Detective Mark Jamieson said.

Officers contacted the man, in his 20s,  and ordered him to drop the knife, Jamieson said.  The man did not respond, and when the man moved toward officers, one officer fired a shot, hitting the man in the torso.  Seattle Fire Department transported the wounded man to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, Seattle Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Sue Stangl said.

Jamieson said that no one else was injured.  Per department policy, both officers will be put on paid administrative leave.  This is a developing story and we’ll will update it as new information becomes available.

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    Why do the police always have to SHOOT a person holding a knife, screwdriver, concrete trowel, etc? Have they never heard of pepper stray, tear gas, or tasers?? I know the police have a demanding and dangerous job, but I read so many stories with this exact same scenario. Why not try shooting them in the leg, at least??? Just wondering.

    • esco

      I agree, a death shot isn't needed in every case. Seems kind of cowardly to go for the kill every time there is a threat. If the subject has a gun or hostage I understand the death shot but not for cases like this..

  • LESU222

    This is a mental health issue. At least wait for the crisis intervention squad to arrive. Couldn't the police just have a "plan B" that includes not escalating the situation and waiting for the mental health professionals. The Seattle police just seem to need a lot more training.

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