SEATTLE — A Seattle police officer fatally shot a man who had warned approaching police that he had a pistol and was seen holding what they believed was a handgun, police said Wednesday. The shooting came after a high-speed, 20-mile chase that involved the Washington State Patrol.
The man police tracked to a shed in a dark yard in south Seattle late Tuesday night actually had a realistic-looking pellet gun, police said in a statement.
The King County medical examiner's office identified the man as 36-year-old Austin J. Derby, who died of multiple gunshot wounds.
The shooting at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday followed a State Patrol pursuit of a stolen white pickup truck that began in south King County. The chase ended when the driver left Interstate 5, came to a stop and bailed out of the truck, Seattle police spokesman Drew Fowler said. The truck rolled back into a guardrail.
The pickup averaged speeds of 100 mph during a 20-mile pursuit that involved several troopers and a State Patrol aircraft, The Seattle Times reported http://is.gd/1cGrbc ), citing a State Patrol memo.
Police say a man ran from the truck and hid behind a storage shed. An officer with a police dog found him.
A woman who was in the pickup truck was treated for minor injuries from the crash.
The six-year veteran officer who fired has been placed on paid leave while the shooting is investigated.
Derby had convictions for kidnapping, robbery, forgery and taking a motor vehicle, The Times said, citing court records and a state Corrections Department spokeswoman.