Photo courtesy of the Seattle Police Department

This gun was found on the floor of the suspect's stolen vehicle.
Photo courtesy of the Seattle Police Department This gun was found on the floor of the suspect's stolen vehicle.

An early Monday morning officer pursuit of a suspect in the Ravenna neighborhood left the suspect dead and a stolen car totaled.

At around 4:20 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, Seattle police dispatch received a call reporting a suspected car prowler in the 6000 block of 34th Ave. NE. An officer arrived at 4:28 a.m. to find the suspect in the vehicle.

Bodycam footage shows the officer leaving his vehicle and telling the suspect to "come here." The footage shows the suspect fleeing on foot with officers in pursuit. An officer shouts "Seattle police, stop!"

Shortly after the start of the foot pursuit, officers claimed the suspect fired a weapon. One of the pursuing officers fired multiple shots in return. Officers were not injured in the exchange and the suspect continued to flee. 

Other officers and a K9 team reported to the area to search for the suspect. At 5:11 a.m. the suspect then allegedly broke into a home in the 6000 block of 27th Ave. NE and stole a vehicle from the residents at gunpoint. No one was injured during the robbery.

The suspect fled in the stolen vehicle before crashing it near NE 55th Street and 26th Ave. NE at 5:15 a.m., directly into two oncoming SPD patrol vehicles. According to dashcam footage, officers approached the vehicle with guns drawn and shouting commands to "show me your hands."

Additional bodycam footage shows an officer approaching the vehicle from the rear while the suspect continues to rev the engine to dislodge the stolen vehicle from where he had crashed it. What follows is a heated interchange with yelling of "he's reaching," where you can visibly see the suspect reach into the back seat and move items around.

After repeated commands to shut the vehicle off, show his hands and to stop reaching in the back seat, several more shots are heard in the video.

According to SPD Detective Mark Jamieson, one officer fired the shots, striking the suspect. Officers then break the window and continue to demand the still-apparently-alive suspect to show his hands before removing him from the vehicle. 

Several officers provided first aid to the wounded suspect. Seattle Fire Department responded and declared the suspect deceased at the scene. Detectives recovered a handgun from inside the stolen vehicle.

According to an SPD release, "per SPD policy, designed in collaboration with the Department of Justice, detectives were joined on scene with representatives from the Office of Police Accountability. Also per SPD policy, the officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation."