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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 20, 2007

Man shot by police identified

The King County Medical Examiner's Office has identified Todd Werner Madsen as the man who was fatally shot by Bellevue police Monday night in his Eastgate home. Madsen, 41, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner.

Police went to the home after it was reported that Madsen was threatening suicide. Several officers arrived on the scene and were forming a strategy for contact when they saw the suspect through the window attacking a family member with a large kitchen knife.

Two officers broke through the barricaded front door and repeatedly told the suspect to drop his weapon. Madsen refused and continued to threaten the family member with the knife. Officer Andrew Popochock shot Madsen.

Popochock, 28, has been with the Bellevue force for more than four years. A field training officer, range master and firearms instructor, Popochock has never been involved in a police shooting before.

Both Popochock and the second officer who entered the house have been placed on paid administrative leave, standard procedure for the department after critical incidents.

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