Man shot dead by police after traffic stop along Aurora Ave. North
SEATTLE - Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred late Monday near Aurora Avenue North and North 96th Street,
According to the Seattle Fire Department, an approximately 30-year-old male died in the shooting.
Investigators said it began when an officer pulled over a man over in a mini-mart parking lot and the traffic stop escalated from there. The driver apparently didn’t want to stick around.
“So he left the vehicle, ran across Aurora and the officer gave chase,” said Detective Mark Jamieson with the Seattle Police Department.
The driver darted across the lanes of traffic but at least one officer caught up, grabbed him and a struggle began. A couple staying at a nearby motel watched the chase unfold.
“We drove around the corner and there was somebody like down on the ground and we didn't know what to do. We were kind of frightened,” said Christina Broadbent, one of the witnesses.
More police began rushing to the scene as the driver tried to fight off the one officer. Investigators said the driver then pulled out a handgun, but the officer fired first and killed him.
No information was available about the officer who fired his gun, but police said he was slightly hurt from the struggle. It was also unclear why the unidentified driver was being pulled over in the first place.
Police taped off several blocks while they investigated.