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Video: Seattle Officer Faces Discipline for Taking Down Ice Ax-Wielding Man

May 07, 2018  | 

VIDEO: Seattle Officer Faces Discipline for Taking Down Ice Ax-Wielding Man

Officer Nick Guzley of the Seattle Police Department now faces discipline for how he subdued a man armed with an ice ax. A complaint was filed about his failure to de-escalate the situation. However, other officers have said he made the best of a bad situation, and no one ended up getting hurt.

The Seattle police footage came from body cameras now being worn by officers, and begins inside the REI on Yale Ave. N. Security workers for the store called police to report that a man had just stolen an ice ax, then threatened one worker with it when she tried to stop him from leaving.

Police tracked the man outside the store.

In the video, the man clearly refuses to stop. He also won’t follow commands, even though officers repeatedly order him to “drop the ice ax.”

Kevin Stuckey, the president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, said the officers on scene had limited choices.

“At some point, if we don't act, someone's going to get hurt," Stuckey told KOMO TV.

The suspect made his way into a narrow corridor. It was there that police tried to press in, warning the man he would be “Tased” if he kept ignoring their orders.

In response, the man can be seen on the video turning to face the officers while holding the ice ax over his head.

Moments later, once the man turned back around, Officer Guzley rushed up from behind and made the tackle.

The case remains open, but the recommendation is for Guzley to receive a two-day suspension without pay.

Comments (15)

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chiefton @ 5/7/2018 5:27 PM

This is what happens in the liberal world, filled with folks who have never had to face potential life and death situations. This officer successfully deescalated the situation by disarming the suspect without firing a shot and without injuring anyone. He performed perfectly in any real police department's guidelines. It is unfortunate that these officers are unable to do their jobs without the Monday morning liberals writing books on how they think it should be done.

Trigger @ 5/7/2018 5:31 PM

Wow, they should have shot him, that would have eliminated the micro management.

Rob @ 5/7/2018 5:35 PM

What the hell! So he tackles an armed nut job, armed with an ax, doesn’t shoot him! Everyone survived the encounter, and the cop is in trouble? What the hell??? Mark Seattle down as another place I’ll never work or visit. What’s wrong with this country?

Retired LEO @ 5/7/2018 7:00 PM

Are you kidding me! You tazer him in the narrow concrete lined area, he hits his head; you shoot him he becomes a martyr for the left; you hit him with a baton, liberals cry excessive force. He steals a dangerous and deadly weapon and threatens people at the store. You can’t just walk away and he kills someone a block away! Hey WTF do you want the officers to do! The officer who did the takedown should get a medal not days off. Reasonable force in this situation!

Jon REtired LEO @ 5/7/2018 7:22 PM

Am I missing something here? A 2 day suspension for safely taking down a suspect with an axe capable of inflicting great bodily harm or death. What the Hell has happened to Seattle other than they have gone completely over to the left side and politics are all that is left. This officer should receive a medal for valor. Someone has gone stark raving mad handing out that kind of BS to the officer.

House @ 5/7/2018 7:50 PM

Thank you leftist, commie, hippy and neo libtard SCUM now you have what you want. Police who are afraid to act on threats to public safety. No matter how right we are, were always wrong. Cameras or no cameras it seems. what a joke. Seattle is the prime example too with their Holder Decree. Im glad nobody got hurt at least. next time maybe they will put lead in these scumbags before they get near other people, swinging an ice axe ! SMH

PeaceWarrior @ 5/7/2018 8:37 PM

I find this outrageous. De-escalation becomes a use of force option anytime there is a deadly weapon presented, not a required prerequisite to protective action. It is insane to suspend this officer who was acting within reason. This officer should have been praised and commended for his actions. Whoever decided to suspend this officer should be reprimanded, sent for remedial training in reason and common sense or terminated. That choice was toxic.

David McConnaughey @ 5/8/2018 3:49 AM

Time to tell them to take their badge and gun, stick it up their a$$ and pull the trigger. When it gets this far, it's no longer worth it. When Seattle runs off most of it's officers, the residents will have no police protection, and no one to blame but themselves. Let them try living without police for a while. It'll be a good lesson and well remembered...if they survive it that is.

Mickey Rivers @ 5/8/2018 9:54 AM

This is the most insane thing I've ever heard of. This officer deserves the Medal of Valor for his actions, not a suspension. Like some of the previous comments, your damned for taking action, damned for not action! In is case, everyone went home safe and the bad guy went to jail. Stupid policies get stupid results!

Grey Bear @ 5/8/2018 11:32 AM

I doubt I could add much to what the previous posters have said; this is insane. This is what you get when clueless libtards and the ACLU run things. To my brothers and sisters in Seattle, I will pray for you, you're truly stcuk in a hopeless situation. I will say however, let this be a lesson: if you're going to get suspended anyway, then the perp pay the big price.

ShadowRider @ 5/9/2018 8:39 PM

I agree with everyone on the whole Liberal thing. We now live in a world where Police Officers (Rank and File and not the Admin) are disciplined for saving themselves and potentially other public from being Ice-axed. Why should a Police Officer (again, Rank and File) take action anymore in such a situation if all that will happen is he is punished for doing a good job? Sounds awfully familiar, like in the most recent events displayed in Broward County, Florida. Policies put into place to bind Law Enforcement from taking action and if you do take action, you are punished for doing so. I had another Officer friend that was a Rookie on a force that when called to a home about a domestic dispute. When he arrived, he was greeted by one of the R.P.'s. Since it was a Domestic, he decided to go into the house to look for the other subject, gun drawn, and because he drew his gun, was immediately terminated from that department. Stupid is, is stupid does Seattle P.D.!

Knight Ryder @ 5/12/2018 9:26 AM

In the day of tasers, asp, deesclation, and verbal control techniques, real officers still have to physically engage a suspect from time to time. We'll done officer Guzley. Outstanding Police work!!

Aaron @ 5/12/2018 12:56 PM

This type of discipline affects everyone in law enforcement as a whole. When you take the officers ability to act in split second decisions away and demand that they try this de-escalation crap that everyone seems to be pushing now days you leave everyone open for liability. Then, the liberal idiots expecting us to listen to how they feel we (Officers)should act like expect everyone else to do the same thing when something similar comes up. Poor leadership there and bad policy!! Time to start thinking about your troops and someone should praise that guy for stopping this guy who obviously had no intent of letting things de-escalate.

Spencer Kennedy @ 5/12/2018 4:53 PM

Dear Libtard Seattle Administration: You probably will not respond to this request, however I will offer anyway.....How was this Officer supposted to "de-esculate" this situation? Let him go, not do his job, pray, run away himself, offer him cocoa and marsmallows? Really! These people in Seattle need to wake up and realize they are in serious danger. When the LEOS can't do their jobs, the nutjobs and criminals win. You just can't fix stupid. I think that the "Bosses" are idiots too! I know that I would not work for these incompitents. There is no way that any LEO should place his life in jeoprody where he has no support from the administration and little option to do the right thing. I agree that this Officer handled this job perfectly and professionally.
SPK Ret Cmd Sgt

Jason Allaire @ 5/30/2018 6:23 AM

The officer should receive a commendation for his actions. That could have easily turned into a justifiable, deadly force situation. I do not get administrations position on this one. What if they let this guy continue walking and he stuck the ax in someone's head. They would then be scrutinized for failure to act.

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