SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Police Chief John Diaz calls the fatal shooting of an elderly man by officers who went to his aid an “extreme tragedy.” Diaz and Deputy Chief Nick Metz told a briefing Tuesday that the Sunday night death of 77-year-old Henry Lee was the result of a series of events the left officers no choice but to fire. Lees family has said he had dementia. But police say they had no medical information about Lee when they responded to a 911 call.
He said he thought there was a prowler outside his home and had a gun.
The prowler apparently was a man having a medical emergency. When officers went to Lee’s house he met them with the gun. Officers felt threatened and fired.