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Man shot by Seattle police near Carkeek Park dies; was registered sex offender

2-27-2013 Washington:

A man shot multiple times by police in northwest Seattle has died at Harborview Medical Center, according to police sources, who say the man was a registered sex offender convicted of attacking a woman two years ago near the scene of Tuesday night's shooting.

The man, identified by sources as Jack Sun Keewatinawin, 21, was charged with second-degree assault with intent to commit rape after attacking a woman jogging in Carkeek Park in October 2011. A Department of Corrections spokeswoman told The Seattle Times a warrant had been issued for his arrest on Jan. 28 after he failed to report to his community corrections officer and his treatment provider.

Officers responded Tuesday night to reports of a domestic disturbance and possible hostage situation near the park. A caller told dispatchers that a man was threatening to hold his father hostage with a knife.

Detective Mark Jamieson says officers were able to separate the suspect and his father, but the suspect continued to be difficult.

According to police, Keewatinawin fled the scene and crouched behind a parked car.

"One of the pursuing officers slipped and fell near the suspect's feet and then suddenly the suspect raised up from his crouched position holding a large piece of metal in his hand," Jamieson said.

Officers fired, striking Keewatinawin several times.

In the October 2011 attack, court documents say Keewatinawin jumped from a park bench on a remote park trail and grabbed a woman from behind in a choke hold, throwing her down and pushing her head to the ground.

The woman was able to fight him off, according to police.

Keewatinawin reportedly apologized and ran from the park, calling 911 to tell police he'd just attacked a woman.

Seattle police plan to brief the media on the shooting sometime Thursday. ..Source.. by

Court docs: Man shot to death by police was schizophrenic, sex offender


The man shot in a Tuesday night confrontation with officers has died, and court documents show the man was a sex offender who had received care for paranoid schizophrenia.

Police identified him as Jack Sun Keewatinawin, 21. He also has a history of assault and had a Department of Corrections warrant for failing to report to the agency.

About 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a domestic violence disturbance call with a possible hostage near Carkeek Park. A dispatcher was told a man was threatening his father with a knife, police said.

Officers talked with Keewatinawin, but police said he refused to follow officer’s commands and tried to go back into the house. Police tried to stop him with a Taser, but that didn’t work, and that led to a food chase, investigators said. At one point, Keewatinawin stopped and crouched behind a police car.

“One of the pursuing officers slipped and fell near the suspect’s feet,” Seattle Police Detective Mark Jamieson said. “The suspect then raised up from his crouched position holding a large piece of metal. At that point, the officers were forced to fire their duty weapons.”

Three officers fired their service weapons and all have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard after officer-involved shootings. Keewatinawin was rushed to Harborview Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds.

According to the Department of Corrections, Keewatinawin had been on supervision since Dec. 6. That supervision came after his conviction for third-degree assault.

In that case, Keewatinawin grabbed the neck of a female jogger in Carkeek Park, put her in a choke hold and threw her to the ground, according to police. The woman kicked Keewatinawin in the groin, which stunned him and made him immediately apologize. Determined to have the man caught, the woman yelled that she was calling police.

But Keewatinawin told her he’d call for her. He did, saying he had just attacked a woman at Carkeek Park, court documents show. In an interview, police said Keewatinawin claimed he was high and thought that if he’d caught the woman he would have taken her into the woods to have sex, but he was scared when she screamed and fought back. He also told police he thought she was “a marijuana goddess.” Click here to read more about Keewatinawin’s case from Carkeek Park.

As part of his sentence Keewatinawin was required to register as a sex offender and ordered to stay out of Carkeek Park. Court document shows Keewatinawin had previously been arrested for domestic violence assault in March 2011, but was not convicted in that misdemeanor case.

This is the second officer-involved shooting this year. The first was the fatal Jan. 27 encounter with suspect James D. Anderson, who shot his girlfriend and a bouncer at the Twilight Exit bar in the Central District. Officer Anthony Ducre shot Anderson after investigators said he fired at officers.

The only fatal Seattle shooting this year that has not been officer-involved was the shooting death of Quang Vo, who was wounded in the 2400 block of South Columbian Way on Feb. 4. Vo was rushed to Harborview Medical Center where he died the next day. Police have not released a suspect description or made arrests, but said the shooting was not random.

Officer-involved shootings that are determined to be justifiable are included in some annual homicide counts, but are not reported to the FBI for uniformed crime statistics. Click here to read more about each of the Seattle homicides from 2012. ..Source.. by seattle

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