SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – A wanted felon who once told police he was addicted to stealing was shot at by two Seattle officers Monday after he drove an SUV toward one of them, according to investigators.
The incident began about 1:40 p.m. Monday after two bike officers working the Bumbershoot detail saw the man exit the broken window of a car he’d just prowled, Detective Jeff Kappel said.
The man got behind the wheel of a white Dodge Durango and “posed an imminent threat,” causing both to fire their department-issued handguns, Kappel said. The man wasn’t hit and sped away in the damaged SUV, investigators said.
Several officers were called to the area, and the pursuit led from Denny Way and Taylor Avenue to the parking lot of the Hurricane Cafe – the former Dog House restaurant – at Seventh Avenue and Bell Street.
Noah Martin, who saw the police converge in the Hurricane Cafe parking lot said several officers had guns drawn on the white Durango.
“The cops were – they were here and reacting fast,” he said. “It was a pretty intense experience to watch.”
The suspect ditched his Dodge Durango and fled on foot until officers surrounded him at Westlake Avenue and Blanchard Street.
Kappel said he didn’t know if the Durango belonged to the suspect or another person. Police did not say the suspect was armed, but vehicle uses in similar cases have been considered deadly force.
Court records show the suspect wanted for a malicious mischief warrant for an ongoing King County Superior Court case. Prosecutors have described him in court documents as a prolific vehicle prowler.
The suspect has been booked into King County Jail more than 40 times since 1994 – not including the Monday booking – and has had at least 49 warrants, records show. After he broke into a motor home at Seattle Center in 2008, he allegedly told police he was addicted to stealing.
Court records show the suspect has at least 10 felony convictions, though he is not eligible for the three-strikes law because those felonies don’t count as strikes. He has at least 20 other non-felony convictions, court documents show.
The suspect’s ongoing malicious mischief case came after a suspected car prowl April 9 in the 600 block of Second Avenue North – across the street from Seattle Center.
The suspect is expected to be charged for the Monday incident by Thursday. Seattlepi.com does not typically name suspects until they’re charged.
The officers who fired are expected to be put on routine, paid administrative leave during the investigation and a Firearms Review Board will be convened.