Police: Officer shoots man who refuses to drop weapon

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SEATTLE —

A Seattle police officer shot a man four times after he refused to drop a gun during a confrontation at a South Seattle park early Monday morning, police said.

 

The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center. He was listed in critical condition.

 

Police were searching for a man in connection with an earlier shooting at a an apartment complex in the 7900 block of Rainier Avenue South.

 

Police said a man knocked on the door and asked for someone who lives there.  When that man came to the door, the suspect shot him.  The victim was listed in serious condition.

 

They had a partial description of the suspect in the Rainier Avenue South shooting: an Asian man wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

 

About 30 minutes later, police spotted a man  at Pritchard Beach Park who matched that description.

 

"That suspect was armed. The officer instructed the suspect to drop the weapon and then shots were fired.  Our officer was not injured," said Mark Jamieson of the Seattle Police Department.

 

The man struck in the neck, back, arm and stomach.

 

"I looked out my window and saw police officers coming at about 70 miles an hour, and there was one after another after another," said Jeff Brandli, who lives nearby.

 

Police were at the scene of the officer-involved shooting for hours.

 

The motive for the first shooting is under investigation. Police said it may be gang-related.