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Man shot by police in SoDo neighborhood

Man shot by police in SoDo neighborhood

SEATTLE -- Police shot and critically wounded a man in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood Monday night.

The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. near First Avenue South and South Hanford Street, according to police.

Two witnesses called 911 saying a man was waving a gun at a bus stop near the intersection, said Officer Jeff Kappel with the Seattle Police Deparment. Officers arrived on scene, and one officer eventually shot the suspect with his patrol rifle, Kappel said.

The 35-year-old shooting victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

Witness Chuy Garcia said he heard three or four gunshots.

"(Police) said something really low, but after they said something they start 'pop-pop-pop-pop' -- shooting four times," Garcia said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Pierce Murphy, the director of the Office of Professional Accountability, was at the the shooting scene as part of the Seattle Police Department's new use-of-force policy, which went into effect January 1.

"Part of that policy calls for the Office of Professional Accountability to have an observer role at any officer involved shooting," Murphy said.