Officer Involved In 3rd and Yesler Shooting Is Less-Lethal Force Instructor

Police sources tell us one of the officers involved in last night’s shooting is an expert in less-than-lethal force and an instructor in SPD’s taser training program.

Police say at around 10:00pm, officers responded to a report of a man with a gun on 3rd and Yesler.

Officers attempted to contact the man, but he walked away and refused to comply with police, according to a department statement.

According to one source, the training officer—who has been with the department nearly 20 years—drew his Taser on the suspect, but dropped his Taser, drew his gun, and fired one shot when he saw the man reaching for what appeared to be a weapon in his waistband.

The man, who is apparently in his mid-to-late 30s, was struck in the chest and taken to Harborview.

Police say they recovered a gun at the scene.

The officer—who has been with the department for almost 20 years according to city records, and was also the recent recipient of the Officer of the Year award—has been placed on routine administrative leave as police investigate the shooting.