Suicide Notes Found At Home of Man Shot By Police

Seattle police found several notes referencing suicide—as well as several guns and marijuana plants—inside the home of a man shot by police in West Seattle last month, according to a SPD search warrant.

On September 3rd, Thomas Qualls’ daughter called police around 8:45pm, and said her father was intoxicated had threatened to kill himself.

Qualls and his wife had fought that evening, and she had left the home, according to police records.

Qualls then called his daughter and told her “if he did not hear from his wife within five minutes, he would put a gun in his mouth.”

The woman told police she heard a gunshot over the phone before the line went dead.

According to SPD, Officers responded to Qualls’ home in the 6100 block of Admiral Way SW, where he allegedly pointed a rifle at officers.

Police opened fire, wounding Qualls.

In a search warrant, SPD detective Rolf Norton wrote that  “There were several notes inside [Qualls’] house with writing suggesting suicide,” Police also found several guns, and marijuana plants in the front room of the house. The warrant notes there were security cameras mounted on the outside of Qualls’ home.

Qualls survived the incident, and prosecutors have charged him with assault. He is being held in the King County Jail on $1,000,000 bail.