May 22nd, 2009 04:53 PM
GOOD: Seattle Police Officer shoots father who threatened toddler [WA]
Local News | Police shoot man who held toddler hostage in North Seattle | Seattle Times Newspaper
Quick thinking, stopping the man from getting back into the apartment where he could have carried out his threats against his own son.
Police shoot man who held toddler hostage in North Seattle
By Sara Jean Green
Seattle Times staff reporter
A Seattle police officer this morning shot a man who had been holding his 20-month-old son hostage at a North Seattle apartment.
The man, 29, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with what were described as non-life-threatening wounds. The toddler was not harmed.
Police received a 911 call this morning around 10:15 from a relative of the man, saying he was suicidal over the recent death of his wife, said Seattle police spokesman Sean Whitcomb.
When police arrived at his apartment in the 12500 block of Greenwood Avenue North, the man threatened to kill himself, Whitcomb said. He then held his son in front of the door and threatened to harm the toddler if police tried to come inside, he said.
The officers backed off and went around to the rear of the apartment. The man came out a rear door and told officers he had a gun inside the apartment, Whitcomb said. He told the officers there would be a "bloodbath" if they tried to enter the apartment, and reminded them the toddler was inside, Whitcomb said.
When the man turned to go back inside, one of the officers shot the man in the face, Whitcomb said.
The toddler was found inside the apartment. He was not injured.
A cursory search of the apartment did not turn up any firearms, Whitcomb said. But family members had reportedly told police the man had owned guns, he said.
Two female police officers were seen carrying a toddler away from the apartment complex and place him in a car with an unidentified woman.
The officer who shot the man was placed on administrative leave, which is routine following officer-involved shootings.
A tragic situation for sure - having just lost his wife - now the boy has effectively lost both of his parents.
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May 22nd, 2009 04:58 PM
That is sad,. .I feel for the child,.. . Hope he has some great grandparent's that take him in.. .
May 22nd, 2009 05:11 PM
I hope that guy has his parental rights terminated NOW, while the kid is still a tot and the chances of screwing up the little guy for good are still pretty slim. Yikes.
Nothing gets me madder, more quickly, than someone threatening to destroy innocence, or harming those who cannot speak for themselves.
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May 22nd, 2009 06:11 PM
Good actions on the officers involved in stopping the threat.
May 22nd, 2009 10:56 PM
Too bad it had to happen, but good decision by the LEO because there is no telling how it would have ended if he had not stopped him. No way to know if any other action could have been taken and by the sounds of it, he had little time to decide what action to take.
May 22nd, 2009 11:04 PM
In my book, you don't threaten to harm a 20 month old...
I have no problem with the action of the officers.
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May 23rd, 2009 12:07 AM
so how long to you think it will be before the "he was a good man" and "I am shocked, he was soo quiet" starts to come out?
I say good riddens.
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May 23rd, 2009 01:12 AM
Good job police, now if they can just find the 125 pound black bear that has been roaming our streets for the last week.
May 23rd, 2009 03:51 AM
Even in the most gruesome situations, people who know the attacker always have good things to say. Maybe people are good and the evil just resides in all of us, waiting to come out someday....
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May 23rd, 2009 05:39 AM
Originally Posted by wolfshead
May 23rd, 2009 12:25 PM
Smart move by this LEO.
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May 24th, 2009 08:01 PM
Good job by the LEO. I'm glad to hear that the child was unharmed. I feel for the man's loss but hopefully he'll come to terms with it and allow the child to have at lease one parent in his life.
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