SPD Investigation Finds Shooting Of John Williams Was Unjustified

A preliminary internal Seattle Police Department review has found that the fatal shooting of John T Williams by officer Ian Birk was unjustified.

The Seattle Times was the first to report on the preliminary unjustified finding, which we’ve since confirmed with a source.

Seattle Police Chief John Diaz and a department review board have reached a preliminary finding that an officer’s fatal shooting of a homeless woodcarver on Aug. 30 was not justified, according to sources familiar with the case.

Diaz and the Firearms Review Board will make a final determination after a court inquest into the shooting is completed.

After reaching the preliminary finding that the shooting was not justified, the officer, Ian Birk, was ordered by Deputy Chief Clark Kimerer, who oversees the review board, to surrender his gun and badge, according to the sources.