Komo News aired the story of this bizarre shooting on September 5, 2013. The shooting took place on Wednesday night just before 11 p.m. when Seattle police officers responded to a fight near 120th and Aurora. As the Seattle police officers arrived at the scene they found two young women fighting on the sidewalk. This fight is what the officers say started a "chaotic series of events" that lead to the unarmed woman being shot by a Seattle police officer.
The Seattle police officers attempted to break up the fight between the two young women and one of them fled the scene. In order to try to catch her one of the police officers gave chase on foot and the other by patrol car. They were able to catch up with the fleeing woman in a parking lot where the police officers attempted to contain the woman.
According to the Seattle police officers they told the woman to show them her hands but she refused. In response to her refusal the officer drew his gun and accidentally shot the 19-year- old woman in the leg. The Seattle police officers state that the officer called for an ambulance and "offered his apologies.” After the shooting the teen was taken to Harborview Medical Center and is expected to recover.
Once the officers ran the young woman’s name through their system they found that she had several felony warrants in Snohomish county. The Snohomish county police asked for the teen to be booked and she will likely be transferred to one of their facilities. Theses warrants are the likely cause for the young woman to run from the Seattle police officers but the accidental shooting is still a cause for concern.
The police officer who shot the teen is a 29-year-old officer who has been put on administrative leave. According to the department regulations the required administrative leave is policy for all officer-involved shootings. In recent years it seems that there has been a huge increase in officer-involved shootings in Seattle and that leave many people very concerned. This accidental shooting is just one of many issues in the departments recent dealings.
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