Seattle police release video of car chase, deadly shootout

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dramatic dashcam footage shows police chase carjacker through Seattle at high speed before driver is killed in a shootout.

SEATTLE – Seattle police have released dash-cam videos showing a carjacker speeding the wrong way up a one-way street, firing out the window at pursuing officers and finally spinning out his stolen sports car as police shot and killed him. Like something out of a movie, one carjacking suspect led police through an intense car chase through Seattle’s streets, ultimately ending in a hail of gunfire.This is the moment a carjacker took police on a high-speed pursuit through Seattle before engaging in a deadly shootout with officers as he brandished two hand guns. No bystanders or officers suffered significant injuries in the events Sunday afternoon, which began when workers at a Pike Place Market coffee shop reported a man with a gun.

The 35-year-old, who Seattle Police described as a ‘violent felon’, was first spotted yesterday lunchtime at a coffee shop in Pike Street acting nervously before entering another restaurant close by and brandishing a gun. Tuesday, Dec. 8: The carjacking suspect has been identified by the King County Medical Examiner as Raymond Azevedo, a 35-year-old Pierce County resident who had served time in prison. Police said late Monday that the 35-year-old carjacker pulled guns at several businesses before fleeing from a tattoo shop and stealing a Volkswagen at gunpoint.

Dashcam footage from the police car shows the carjacker being chased through the streets with the patrol vehicle – at one point even ramming the suspect in a bid to stop him. An uninvolved motorist’s SUV was also struck during the incident but the female driver was able to flee to safety as police took up positions behind their patrol cars. Monday: Seattle police released new details late Monday on the man they killed after leading officers on a wild chase through the city on Sunday, firing gunshots at his pursuers and carjacking several vehicles. He then carjacked a red minivan, and tried unsuccessfully to take a Mercedes at a local gas station, before going on to steal the Chevy Camaro from a car rental agency, which is when police began pursuing him.

Police say they are reviewing all force used in the incident per department protocols developed with the Monitoring Team and the Department of Justice. The escapade started when police received a tip from a local coffee shop, describing the man as “sweating” and “acting nervously” as he entered the café.

It was when he commandeered the Camaro that police started pursuing him, and during the intense chase through Seattle, the police say the suspect fired at law enforcement officers. Dash-cam video shows Seattle Police officers chasing and then shooting carjacking suspect on December 6, 2015. (Video courtesy of Seattle Police Department) On Monday night, police released detailed information on the chase, which included several crime scenes and dozens of witnesses.

The man had previous convictions for second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, first-degree malicious mischief, attempting to elude police and third-degree assault of law enforcement, a corrections spokesman said in an email. One officer, after slamming his patrol car’s front end into the stolen vehicle and pushing it into the intersection, ran after the suspect while he was driving, the release says. Two police officers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after they were injured in the crashes, police said, and several citizens were also treated for injuries.

The department’s homicide unit and the department’s Force Investigation Team, which responds to serious incidents of use of force and all Seattle police shootings, are investigating. Police had been looking for Smith, 27, because he was believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run accident in which a police car was struck on Interstate 5, police said.

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