Police audio recordings from fatal Gas Works Park shooting released; victim identified

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Police Department on Thursday released police audio recordings from the fatal Gas Works Park shooting a day earlier.

Two officers fired multiple times on 42-year-old Larry Andrew Flynn , who allegedly threatened them with a broken glass bottle early Wednesday morning.

Flynn later died at the hospital. His manner of death was ruled a homicide by multiple gunshot wounds

In the recording, officers can be heard calling for a Crisis Intervention specialist to calm the agitated Flynn who, minutes later, threatened to ignite a gas can and then charged officers, while armed with a broken wine bottle.

Two officers then opened fire, fatally wounding the Flynn.

The recordings contain coarse language and discretion is advised.


According to Seattle police, three officers were patrolling the park shortly after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday when they were approached by a park security guard who said a drunk man assaulted him. When police approached the suspect, who was hanging around an illegal campfire in the park, the man allegedly broke a glass bottle he was holding and threatened police with it.

Police used two Tasers on the the suspect, assistant police chief Nick Metz told the media during a briefing at Gas Works Park following the shooting, but the effort proved ineffective. Police said the man lunged at the officers, so they opened fire, striking him multiple times.

The suspect had moved so close to the officers, police said, he was touching one of the cops when he fell to the ground.

An officer fell during the shooting, but was not injured, Metz said.

Witnesses at the park were surprised the gunshots came from police.

“I was really shocked that we saw the cop car yet we heard the gun shots,” one witness said. “We thought it was a civilian shooting someone else.”

The two officers that shot at the man were placed on paid administrative leave.

Officers lined the park around 6:30 a.m. as police further investigated the shooting.

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  • Skip

    The police have a difficult job and face dangerous people everyday. The homeless campers living in our parks and green belts are not mellow hobos down on their luck. Often, they are whacked-out on drugs, booze and become violent. The SPD needs to clean out the bum camps under the convention center and Queen Anne Hill.

  • Amanda

    I think this is absolutely not okay. I completely understand that they have a dangerous job- and I respect that, but why on earth should an officer shoot to kill a man holding a broken glass bottle. Because shooting him in the arm or leg, foot etc wouldnt be effective? Come on. I dont know about you, but I think theses officers are shooting to kill way to often these days. In some cases its absolutely necessary, but 90% of recent cases have left me baffled, wondering why they did not aim for a limbof some sort. I know these guys have families, and are a bit nervous doing their job, but they really need to step it down a notch.

    • Cloudy

      You always shoot to kill. When you shoot someone in the limb, all that does is piss them off more. If they weren’t going to kill you before, now they’re really gonna kill you!

    • sv1g

      Because when you’re under the stress of being attacked with a deadly weapon, it’s impossible to shoot a small target like a foot or hand. It’s not like in the movies where you whip your gun out, hold it sideways and pull the trigger and the bullet automatically goes where your mind tells it to go. That’s why you shoot for the largest possible area of the body. Besides, if he’s willing to attack someone with a broken bottle, we’re all a little bit better off if he’s dead. That’s the only way to guarantee 100% that he won’t do it again.

  • Awesomegirl

    I understand that the police are doing there job but it was not necessary to kill the man he probly
    Was never going to kill a police officer any way but the police did do the right thing if he was going to hurt or kill one of them