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Video released of officer-involved shooting at Seattle waterfront

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 2/19/2021 Jessica Schladebeck
the inside of a building: Seattle police shot and killed a man armed with a knife on the Waterfront late Tuesday. © Provided by New York Daily News Seattle police shot and killed a man armed with a knife on the Waterfront late Tuesday.

An armed man was fatally shot by police officers on the Seattle waterfront while he rushed at them with a knife and seemingly begged for them to take his life, newly released video of the deadly incident revealed.

Port of Seattle officers contacted the Seattle Police Department on Tuesday around 9:20 p.m. regarding a “man in crisis armed with a kitchen knife” walking near Pier 56, according to a press release from authorities. When he spotted the responding officers, the suspect allegedly cut himself and then slowly began to approach them with his arm raised.

Officers “attempted to use a less-lethal tool, but the device was ineffective,” prompting them to shoot.

Video of the incident, released by the Seattle Police Department on Wednesday, shows one officer leap from the police cruiser as the man approaches. The officer warns him to stop and orders him to drop his knife, but he refuses.

“Just do it, just do it,” the man appears says. “Do it, do it. Kill me.”

Authorities attempted to perform lifesaving measures, but he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Both officers involved in the incident have been placed on paid leave while the incident is investigated. They were identified on Thursday as Officer Cassidy Butler, who was hired in 2018, and Officer Willard Jared, who began with the department in 2014.

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The name of the victim has not yet been made public.

The officer-involved shooting comes a week after police shot and killed a man near Jimi Hendrix Park and the Northwest African American Museum in the Central District, according to King 5. Video of that incident reportedly shows the suspect shooting at two women in the parking lot, striking one fatally, and then pointing his firearm at police.

Officers returned fire, killing the suspect.


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