VIDEO: The Situation in Seattle

A 31-year-old man was shot by Seattle police near Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill last Saturday afternoon after they approached him as a suspect in an attempted car theft.

As with so many officer-involved shootings these days, there are many conflicting reports as to what exactly happened.

Fortunately, newly released dash cam footage is setting the record straight.

The video shows one officer shoot the suspect, 31-year-old James Linwood Slade, as he advances with a raised knife.

At the time of the confrontation, Slade was wanted in all 50 states for failure to report to his Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) community corrections officer, as required by his supervision conditions. The underlying offense for his DOC status is assault. The warrant, dated January 4, 2016, indicates that Slade has a violent history and may be armed.

Still armed with a knife and now wounded, Slade can be heard in the video pleading with officers to kill him. Slade stands up and climbs into the driver’s seat of a patrol car. It is at this point an officer fires upon and wounds the suspect.

The dash cam footage clearly shows officers removing Slade from the patrol car and providing first-aid until Seattle Fire medics arrive on the scene.

He was taken to Harborview Medical Center with what police called critical but non-life-threatening injuries.


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