Police kill man who was holding 4-year-old son hostage
FIFE, Wash. -- Police SWAT team officers fatally shot a Fife resident early Friday morning after the man allegedly attacked his mother and held his 4-year-old son hostage for more than four hours.
According to the Fife Police Department, the incident started around 10:15 p.m. Thursday when the man, drunk and depressed over the death of a friend, called his mother to his home in the 200 block of 55th Avenue East to help care for his son.
When she arrived, she was allowed to take her grandson out of the house. But, the man changed his mind and became aggressive, pulling his son from his mother's car and going back into the home, according to police.
The man's mother was concerned for the child and followed them back into the home. Police say that's when the man hit her and prevented her from calling 911.
The man's mother ran out of the house and down the street, calling for help.
Officers arrived and spoke with the man over the phone. According to police, the man said he would not release his son or come out of the home and he was armed with a pistol.
Police said the man was using his son as a shield inside the house and at one point dangled his son out a second-floor window. The man has had prior arrests and hostile interactions with law enforcement and was known to police to be armed and dangerous.
A SWAT team was called to the scene, and negotiators spent several hours speaking with the man, who finally agreed to release his son to his son's grandmother.
According to police, the man put his son on the porch around 2:45 a.m. but then tried to pull the child back inside the house.
SWAT officers opened fire on the man, who was hit and later died at St. Joseph's Hospital.
The man's son was unharmed and returned to his mother and grandmother.
Police are continuing to investigate the scene, and the name of the man who was killed has not been released.