Seattle man 'armed with a rifle' is killed by police after crashing vehicle into a federal building


Seattle man ‘armed with a rifle’ is fatally shot by police after crashing his pickup truck into a federal building and ‘opening fire’

  • Gunshots were reported before police arrived at the US Social Security Administration building at the corner of First Avenue and Marion Street 
  • The man, who remains unidentified, was reportedly armed with a rifle when officers arrived shortly after 8pm
  • He was found outside a pickup truck, which he had rammed into the  building
  •  Officers  fired at him for ‘reasons that are still under investigation’
  • The shooting is being investigated by the department’s Force Investigation Team
  • Body camera footage of the shooting will be released within 72 hours 


A man was shot and killed by police officers on Saturday night after ramming his car into a federal building in downtown Seattle and reportedly firing a rifle, police said.

Gunshots were reported before police arrived at the federal building at the corner of First Avenue and Marion Street, police said in a statement. 

The man, who remains unidentified, was reportedly armed with a rifle when officers arrived shortly after 8pm. 

He was found outside his pickup truck, which he had previously crashed into the building, before being killed by police. No one else was hurt in the incident. 

An unidentified man armed with a rifle was shot and killed by police officers on Saturday night after ramming his car into a federal building in downtown Seattle

An unidentified man armed with a rifle was shot and killed by police officers on Saturday night after ramming his car into a federal building in downtown Seattle 

Gunshots were reported before police arrived at the federal building at the corner of First Avenue and Marion Street

Gunshots were reported before police arrived at the federal building at the corner of First Avenue and Marion Street

It is unclear what prompted officers to fire at him. The department said in a statement that ‘reasons are still under investigation.’ 

Police officers and medics from the Seattle Fire Department provided medical assistance but the man died at the scene.

The shooting is being investigated by the department’s Force Investigation Team, which examines shootings involving police officers. 

Customers of nearby bars and restaurants said they were ushered to the establishment's basements to seek shelter

Customers of nearby bars and restaurants said they were ushered to the establishment’s basements to seek shelter 

Body camera footage of the shooting will be released within 72 hours, police said

Body camera footage of the shooting will be released within 72 hours, police said

Body camera footage of the shooting will be released within 72 hours, police said. 

The building was likely the US Social Security Administration, located in the crowded area downtown.  

Bars and restaurants in the area reportedly ushered customers to their basements when gunshots were first heard. 

‘It took us a second to process what was going on, there was a large group of us running down the stairs, which it was good being in a group,’ a young woman who was at a nearby bar at the time of the shooting told local news station KING 5. 

‘But we kind of just kept asking questions like ”Are we safe here? Is that door locked behind us?”’

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