Seattle Police on Wednesday night near Jimi Hendrix Park in the central district last night released officers’ body camera and surveillance footage of their response to a fatal shootout in which officers shot and killed a man they believe he shot two other people.
The video provided by the Seattle police includes audio from two emergency calls, the first at 9:16 p.m. from someone who reported seeing a man in a parking lot near the park.
“I think he’s shooting,” says the caller. “I can see right through my window. He has a gun in his hand. “
Private video surveillance footage shared by police also shows a man wearing clothes that resemble the caller’s description walking across the parking lot at 9:23 p.m. talking to someone sitting in a blue Toyota Prius. Seeming to have a gun in hand, he aims it at the car and slams it several times on the windshield.
Police said Tuesday night they responded to the area after receiving reports of gunfire being fired. When officers pulled up outside the Northwest African American Museum, police said they heard gunshots and saw someone come around the corner of the parking lot and shoot them.
In the body camera footage shared on Wednesday, officials can be seen arriving in front of the museum when shots are fired.
On a second emergency call from the police, a caller informed the dispatch officer that she and her boyfriend had been shot.
“My friend is dying,” says the caller. “She was shot in the face. Please come.”
When the officers see the man walk around the corner, they shout, “Put your hands up and drop the gun.”
The man can be seen raising his arm and aiming a gun at officers, although the footage is unclear who shot first.
Police said while officers began to provide assistance to the man, others searched the area and found two gunshot victims in the blue Toyota. One of them died of her wounds on the way to the hospital, the police said on Tuesday. The other person’s condition was not known on Wednesday.
A group of people gathered near the park on Wednesday evening to pay tribute to the man whom police shot with candles and a vigil.
None of the people shot were publicly identified by law enforcement officers.
Deputy Police Chief Deanna Nollette said Tuesday that police believe the man who was shot by police may have lived in the neighborhood and had “some sort of relationship” with the two people believed to be were shot.
The Seattle Police Department’s Force Investigation Team and murder detectives are continuing to investigate the shooting.