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Bizarre incident on I-5 bridge results in state troopers shooting knife-wielding man

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Police said the driver of this pickup truck pulled a knife on a Washington State Patrol trooper, who then shot him.

SEATTLE — Two Washington State Patrol troopers opened fire when a knife-wielding man on the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge came at them Monday. The man, in his 20s, was rushed to the hospital.

The incident shut down all southbound I-5 lanes at about 6:30 p.m., backing up traffic for miles. The southbound lanes over the bridge remained closed for hours while the Washington State Patrol and Seattle police investigated the incident. The southbound lanes were finally  reopened at about 11:35 p.m.

Police said the incident began when the driver of a pickup truck traveling southbound on the bridge swerved to the middle of the interstate and stopped, blocking two of the center lanes. The truck caught fire, and the driver left his truck and walked about 35 feet south on the bridge. One State Patrol trooper put out the fire, while another went to see to the driver.

The driver then took a can of green spray paint and made a circle that covered two lanes in the middle of the roadway, police said. One of the troopers ordered him to come back out of the road.

“The subject displayed a knife at our officers,” Washington State Patrol trooper Cliff Pratt told reporters. “Our officers tried to talk him out of getting that knife, or putting that knife down. The officer then Tased this person, or attempted to Tase him, which had no effect on this subject. And the subject continued with his knife toward the officers, and they were forced to fire off rounds at him.”

The Seattle Fire Department tweeted that it was transporting a gunshot victim, a male in his 20s, from the Ship Canal Bridge to Harborview Medical Center. His condition was not immediately known.


A look at the traffic on I-5 Ship Canal Bridge at about 9:10 p.m. Monday. Southbound lanes were closed for a shooting investigation and northbound lanes were backed up as drivers slowed to check out the scene. (Photo: WSDOT)


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  • Joe Camel

    This story is incomplete concerning the shooting, did the officer ask him if he had any weapons of which the young man produced the knife in disarming himself, or did the young man threaten the officer with the knife in any way. From the story unknown why the knife was produced and in what manner. Sad though very sad.

    May the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob comfort those involved and bring the truth to what happened to light.

  • Eric Nail

    Regardless what his intentions are, If you're dealing with police its foolish to produce any kind of weapon let alone a knife. In all honesty he got what was coming to him. I'd be interested in a dash cam.

    • Joe Camel

      If the officer asked him if he had any weapons on him and the man produced it believing he was disarming himself in front of the officer, it would be murder to shoot someone that say here is my knife officer. Now if he came at or threaten to come at him with the knife that is a different story but if the guy is producing it to lay it down and thus disarm himself then we have a murder not self defense.

  • Joe Camel

    Okay got the low down from King5 news apparently the knife wielding man refused to put it down and was tassered to no effect and came after the officers, so it was justifiable homicide.