John T. Williams did not hold up a knife or do anything threatening before he was fatally shot by Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk, a key witness testified Thursday.
“Not that I recall,” Deanna Sebring, a city of Seattle technician, told an inquest jury when asked whether she saw anything that justified the Aug. 30 shooting.
Sebring, who was walking near where the shooting occurred, testified that Williams appeared to be trying to put something in or out of a box.
Williams, a woodcarver, was carrying a piece of wood and a small knife when he was shot four times.
Sebring’s testimony contradicted Birk’s earlier testimony that he fired after Williams brandished a knifeand prepared to attack him