From our friend, and witness to this shooting, Guy Davis:
This morning, at 4:57 am, Bellevue SWAT assassinated an unarmed man directly in front of my house by firing 23 rounds into his body with automatic assault weapons. My three sleeping children and my wife were less than five degrees from the line of fire.
The Bellevue and Seattle Police claim that while attempting to deliver a warrant, the victim backed up and hit our neighbors’ truck and then put the car into drive and lurched forward and that that is the reason that the eight person strong, fully armored and armed SWAT team opened fire.
This is not true, and my neighbors and I have pictures to prove it.
The car hit the truck with such force in reverse that later the tow truck had to pry the vehicles apart. Furthermore, we live on a dead-end street and the SWAT tank was behind the truck that the victim backed into and blocked the only exit from this block ( I could clearly see this through my window).
There was no where for this dude to go in his car and the SWAT would have clearly known that. The victim was on his way to work, had violated his parole and panicked when approached by SWAT and hit the gas in reverse, at which point the SWAT team opened fire.
Following the explosion of gun fire, the SPD gave us no information, only yelling “stay in your homes” which of course I ignored and evacuated my family with no assistance from our “protectors”.
Immediately after the killing, my children were screaming, “I don’t want to die” as the SWAT continued their assault with percussion grenades on the vacant house while the victim bled to death on the street.
This is outrageously blatant misconduct and this block of supportive neighbors has pictures and we have a voice… this operation was conducted on a densely populated residential street where over ten children and their families live. The Bellevue police and the SPD put my family in the line of fire.
UPDATE From the Stranger – Tues, 3/26, 2:10 p.m.: “Davis says he believes he may have gotten it wrong that a tow truck pried the two cars apart, and other neighbors have said that’s not what happened. But Davis and others say they remain unsure how the car could’ve rolled perfectly back into alignment with the original collision after going far enough forward to strike another car.
“Another resident who lives one street away, Jocelyn Savage, also contacted us, calling the shooting “a horrific incident” and saying that media reports so far had “failed to include some very disturbing details.” Reached by phone, Savage says she and her husband woke to loud gunfire that morning, followed about 10 minutes later by explosions that rocked their home—those turned out to be percussion grenades thrown in a house police thought contained another suspect. That house turned out to be empty. Savage says reports she’s read don’t mention “how horribly violent that was, and how much force was used.” Without any contact from police, they “had no idea on god’s green earth was happening,” and were trapped in their house for hours. She reiterates Davis’s feeling of an overwhelming police response that terrified neighbors.
“I’ve tried to get a copy of a police report, but SPD is now investigating the officer-involved shooting for the Bellevue Police, and that investigation is ongoing and not yet public. Meanwhile, the BPD hasn’t responded to requests for comment or a copy of the police report.”