Officers first responded to a domestic violence call in the 10100 block of 4th Avenue NW at roughly 7:30 p.m. Police say one member of a family was holding his father hostage and threatening him with a knife.
When they arrived on scene moments later, police made contact with both men and were able to separate father and son, according to Mark Jamieson with Seattle police.
While they were talking to him outside, police say the son, who is in his 40s, suddenly tried to run back into the house. An officer used a Taser on the man, but it wasn't effective because of the clothes he was wearing, Jamieson said.
The man then took off on foot and police gave chase. The brief foot chase ended when the man suddenly stopped and ducked down behind a parked car.
"As officers were approaching, he reached in like he was grabbing for something," Jamieson said. "Officers did not know if he had a weapon. He came out with a very large piece of metal, which he raised above his head toward the officers. At that point officers were forced to fire their duty weapons, and the man was struck."
Medics rushed the man to Harborview Medical Center. No officers were injured and police are continuing to investigate the shooting.
Neighbor Dana Donaly was outside when the shooting happened.
"I was just watching and it was just a lot of commotion. The police were yelling to get down," he said.
Moments later, Donaly said he heard seven to nine gunshots.
"Officers have to make split second decisions every single day on just about every call they go to. Things can happen that quickly," Jamieson said.