Seattle Police Fatally Shoot Armed Felon (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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The Seattle Police Department released a dashcam video (below) that shows officers fatally shooting Che Taylor, a convicted felon who was allegedly armed with a handgun, on Feb. 21.

According to the Seattle Police Department website, officers were doing some surveillance when they spotted a man with a holstered handgun standing next to the passenger door of a white car.

In the video, the police yell for Taylor to put his hands up and get on the ground.

According to the cops and an unidentified witness, Taylor reached for his gun, prompting the officers to fire.

The view of the dashcam video is obstructed, so it's impossible to see what Taylor did.

After two officers open fire, a third officer approaching from the other side quickly backs away, apparently trying to avoid the gunfire from his colleagues.

The officers reportedly performed CPR on Taylor until paramedics transported Taylor to a local hospital, where he died.

It's not clear why officers were conducting surveillance in the area.

Taylor reportedly had 6 ounces of "suspected crack cocaine and black tar heroin," while one of the two people inside the car was charged with "possession of a significant quantity of suspected heroin."

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said on Feb. 22 that the officers appeared to have taken the correct action, but he also called for police to wear body cameras, notes The Seattle Times.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole met with community leaders on Feb. 21.

Taylor had prior convictions for rape, robbery and assault, and was prohibited from owning a gun.

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Sources: Seattle Police Department, The Seattle Times / Photo credit: SPD Blotter/YouTube

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