The Seattle police officer who fatally shot a 43-year-old man at a Wedgwood supermarket in August had reason to believe he faced an imminent threat when he opened fire, an inquest jury has ruled. Police were trying to arrest Ariel Rosenfeld on Aug. 16 at the QFC where he worked when he tried to run and then fought with officers, according to police. Seattle police Officer Chris Anderson fired when he saw Rosenfeld pull out a gun, police said.
The six King County District Court inquest jurors unanimously agreed earlier this month that Rosenfeld fled, that officers repeatedly ordered him to stop and that Rosenfeld fought to avoid arrest.
Jurors also unanimously agreed that Rosenfeld was armed with a handgun and that Anderson yelled “drop the gun” before he fired.