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Man with Replica Gun Killed by Seattle Officers

January 23, 2014  | 

The man fatally shot by a Seattle police officer in Sodo on Monday night was carrying a realistic “replica” handgun, interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey said Wednesday.

But Officer Jason Atofau didn’t know that when he shot Andrew Law, 36, who later died from his wounds. Atofau and other officers were called to the Sodo area on a report of a man stumbling around waving a gun at a bus stop.

When officers arrived Law pointed the replica gun at them, and Atofau fired, police said.

It was the second shooting involving a Seattle officer in two days, the Seattle Times reports.

Tags: Officer-Involved Shootings, Seattle PD


Comments (3)

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kevcop @ 1/23/2014 5:01 PM

I do not feel sorry for the criminal at all, i do feel for the officer who had to take a life . God bless the officer and I hope he has the help and support he needs to get past this. Never easy to take a life, but would have been worse if the gun was real and the officer didn't react as he did. Im with you brother!

S.S. @ 1/24/2014 8:39 AM

Another stupid shit criminal. Well I think Kevcop got it right.

Trigger @ 1/24/2014 9:21 AM

Now if this would have been in California where the toy guns have to be pink, yellow or some other color the officer would have (according to the politicians) automatically known it was a toy (even if it was a real firearm painted to look like a toy). So the moral of the story is not to point things that may look like a firearm at the police our you may not like the end result.
Glad to hear that Officer Atofau was safe.

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