Downtown Seattle

Police: Employee attacks manager, coworkers while being fired

SEATTLE -- A man being fired for making death threats against a coworker attacked a manager and two other employees, wrecking up their workplace and smashing a $2,000 glass table in the process, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report, the suspect had worked for the business in the 1900 block of Occidental Avenue South for less than 60 days when his behavior began to concern managers.

After the suspect threatened to kill a fellow employee he thought was being lazy, his temper and anger continued to escalate, and the business decided to fire him, according to the report.

A manager and another employee called the suspect into the office around 11:45 a.m. Nov. 5 in order to terminate him. According to the report, the suspect became upset and lunged at one of the men.

The suspect reportedly grabbed one of the men by the throat, knocking him backward out of his chair, and punched him multiple times in the face.

According to the report, two other employees came rushing into the office and pulled the suspect off the victim. The three men then went crashing through a glass table, completely shattering it.

The suspect tried to attack the victim a second time but was restrained, according to the report. He grabbed his backpack and left the building when someone said they were going to call the police.

Officers arrived at the business to find chairs tipped over, the table shattered, a picture frame askew, posters smashed from being fallen on, and blood splattered on the broken glass and floor.

Officers located the suspect a few blocks away and reportedly found a loaded gun and two large knives in his backpack, meaning the routine firing that exploded into violence and destruction could probably have gone even worse.

The suspect was arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.

Ed. note: This article originally described the picture frame as "akimbo," which I thought added a certain poetical quaility to the whole thing. Regardless, it has been changed in deference to the actual meaning of words.