Inquest ordered in fatal Seattle police shooting

Inquest ordered in fatal Seattle police shooting
SEATTLE -- King County Executive Dow Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal police shooting of a 21-year-old Seattle man.

Three Seattle police officers shot and killed Jack Sun Keewatinawin on the night of February 26 following a tense hostage situation.

Police say Keewatinawin briefly held his father at knifepoint and then brandished at piece of rebar at an officer.

Police first responded to a domestic violence call in the 10100 block of 4th Avenue NW after a family member called 911 to say Keewatinawin was holding his father hostage, according to police.

When officers arrived on scene moments later, they made contact with both men and were able to separate father and son, according to Mark Jamieson with Seattle police.

While they were talking to him outside, police said Keewatinawin suddenly tried to run back into the house. An officer used a Taser on the man, but it wasn't effective because of the clothes he was wearing, Jamieson said.

Keewatinawin then took off on foot and police gave chase. The brief foot chase ended when Keewatinawin suddenly stopped and ducked down behind a parked car.

In a confrontation, police said Keewatinawin brandished a piece of rebar and approached an officer who had slipped on wet ground. Three officers fired, hitting Keewatinawin several times.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg recommended the inquest after his office reviewed materials from the Seattle Police Department, which conducted the investigation.

Inquests are fact-finding hearings conducted before a six-member jury meant to determine the cause of any death involving a member of any law enforcement agency within King County while in the performance of his or her duties.

The jury will determine whether any person or agency is civilly or criminally liable.