Homicide Detectives Fatally Shoot Man Sought In Murder Investigation

Note: We’ve posted more info on the shooting, including details about the suspect’s prior murder conviction, here.

Updates below

One man was taken to Harborview Sunday afternoon following an officer-involved shooting at 4th Ave. and Cedar St. in downtown Seattle, according to police sources.

A police spokesman did not immediately have details about the incident.

We’ll have more info as it becomes available.

Update: Two sources say police opened fire on the man around 2:30 pm Sunday afternoon. SPD is now investigating whether the person shot by an officer may be a suspect in a murder at an Interbay storage facility Saturday.

Police were called to a storage facility in the 2600 block of 15th Ave. W. around 10:30 am Saturday after an employee—an 84-year-old man—was found on the third floor of the building with a knife wound to his neck.

Medics transported the storage facility employee to Harborview, where he died.

Update 2: Police opened fire on a man sought in a murder investigation after he man tried to “attack” two homicide detectives Sunday afternoon, according to SPD.

Photo courtesy Jimmy Anderson

Detectives were looking for the man in connection with a murder at an Interbay storage facility Saturday.

Detectives were out looking for the man today when they spotted him at 4th Ave. and Cedar St. around 2:30 pm. Detectives got out of their car and confronted the man, who “advanced” on police, according to SPD spokesman Mark Jamieson.

“A detective had  to draw his weapon and fire, striking the suspect,” Jamieson said.

Jamieson did not know whether the man—who may be a transient, according to one SPD source—had a weapon.

Police began looking for the man shot by detectives this weekend after he was captured by surveillance cameras using credit cards belonging to the victim in the Interbay murder.

Police say the man shot Sunday closely matches the description of the suspect in the Interbay murder.

Jamieson confirmed medics treated the man and took him to Harborview, but did not have information on his condition. Police sources say the man was in very bad shape when he was transported from the scene

SPD’s homicide unit typically investigates officer-involved shootings, but because today’s incident involved homicide detectives, the department has asked the King County Sheriff’s office to investigate the shooting.

Update 3: A statement from the King County Sheriff’s office (KCSO) released Sunday night says the man shot by a Seattle police detective Sunday has died.

According to the statement, the man was a “suspect in the brutal stabbing death of an 84 year-old man on Saturday.” The KCSO says the man “charged” detectives before one of them opened fire.

Police are now comparing the fingerprints of the dead man to prints found at the scene of yesterday’s homicide in Interbay.

Update 4: The KCSO sent out an update noting the man shot by police is a 46-year-old felon.