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.