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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 9, 2009

Officer shoots armed suspect

A Bellevue Police officer shot and killed a 61-year-old Bellevue man late Tuesday night, when the man attacked the officer with a knife.

According to the police investigation of the incident, the man's wife had reported a domestic violence altercation she said took place early Tuesday morning. The woman, who reported the incident at 10 p.m. Tuesday, said her husband had threatened to kill her during that morning incident.

Police responded to a 911 call from the woman at about 11 p.m. As instructed by police, she had locked the door to their apartment on the 12200 block of Northeast Eighth Street. She reported that her husband had returned and was screaming threats and trying to break into the apartment. 

The first officer on the scene, a six-year veteran of the Bellevue department, saw the suspect about a block from the apartment complex. When he tried to detain the man, the man first tried to flee. Then he turned and rushed at the officer with a knife. The officer repeatedly ordered him to stop, but he kept coming, and the officer shot him. Witnesses on the scene confirmed the account.  

CPR was administered at the scene, but the man was pronounced dead. The King County Medical Examiner will release his name. 

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450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Officer Seth Tyler
Phone: 425-452-4129
E-mail: bellevuepd@bellevuewa.gov

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