Man Shot By Police Charged With Assault

In charging documents filed Thursday, King County prosecutors contend Thomas John Qualls, 59, pointed the AK-47-style rifle at Seattle officers called to his Southwest Admiral Way home after a relative reported that Qualls said he would kill himself.

According to charging documents, the first officer to arrive in the area heard the sound of fireworks or gunfire emanate from the darkened house. Qualls emerged from the home as three officers approached the home’s rear door.

Seeing that Qualls was armed, a Seattle police sergeant demanded the West Seattle man drop the weapon.

“The defendant yelled something similar to ‘(expletive) you guys, I’m going to get you,'” Detective Jason Kasner told the court.

Qualls raised his rifle, pointed it toward the officers and fired, Kasner said in court documents. As he did so, the officers fired on Qualls, striking him with a single shot.