A man shot multiple times by police in northwest Seattle has died at Harborview Medical Center. According to police sources, 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.
The Associated Press and MyNorthwest’s Josh Kerns contributed to this report.