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November 22, 2010 at 3:00 PM

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UPDATE: SWAT officers fatally shoot man on North Beacon Hill

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

Three Seattle police SWAT officers fatally shot an armed man in a parked car Monday afternoon on North Beacon Hill, according to police.

Speaking to reporters from the scene, Deputy Police Chief Nick Metz, said that a passer-by called 911 at 2:25 p.m. to report a man slumped over the steering wheel of his car that was parked in the 1400 block of South Atlantic Street. Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Sue Stangl said that paramedics responded to the scene for a 911 call regarding a man who was possibly ill in a car.

Metz said the firefighters tried to get the man to open the vehicle door, but he refused.
When a firefighter finally got the door opened, the man pulled out a handgun, said Metz. He said that the firefighters backed off and took cover as police were summonded.

SWAT officers responded. The man "still had the weapon in his hand," and the SWAT officers "ordered several times for him to drop the weapon," he said.

The man, described as being in his mid-20s, apparently "jockeyed the car," as if to drive away, Metz said.

"At one point he raised the gun in a direction the officers took as threatening" and all three SWAT officers fired multiple shots, Metz said. The man was declared dead at the scene, he said.

Based on what the man told firefighters, Metz said the man "may have been suicidal."

All three officers have been placed on routine administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, Metz said.

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