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Seattle officer shoots man with gun Tuesday night

Police and medics respond to an officer involved shooting at Third Avenue and Yesler Way in Seattle.  (Photo courtesy of KIRO-TV)
Police and medics respond to an officer involved shooting at Third Avenue and Yesler Way in Seattle. (Photo courtesy of KIRO-TV) KIRO-TV

SEATTLE – Seattle police say a man shot by an officer has life-threatening injuries after getting hit once in the torso.

Officers responded to a complaint around 10 p.m. Tuesday of a man at a downtown bus stop at 3rd Ave. and Yesler Way who was carrying a gun.

Police say officers tried to contact the suspect but he walked away from them and ignored verbal commands to stop.

The department says one officer then used his Taser and saw the man reach into his front waistband and grab what appeared to be a metallic object, so the officer dropped his stun gun, drew his weapon and fired. Officers provided first aid, secured the suspect and called for medics.

Police say a handgun was recovered from the suspect’s waistband.

The man's name was not released. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

The officer was placed on paid administrative leave. No officers were injured during the incident.

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