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.
Antwan Whitlock, 35, of Union Township, allegedly slashed an officer with a knife in late December, officials said. He was later hit with a Taser and stabbed himself in the chest, although he was not hit when officers fired at him after the alleged knife attack, according to the state attorney general’s office.