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January 23, 2014
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Seattle man shot by police carried replica

Police chief says it would've been difficult to tell a real gun from the fake during the shooting late Monday night

Associated Press

SEATTLE — Seattle's Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey says a 36-year-old man fatally shot at a bus stop after police say he threatened them with a gun was actually armed with a fake gun.

Bailey told a Wednesday news conference that it would've been difficult to tell a real gun from the fake during the shooting late Monday night. Andrew Law died later of his injuries.

Officer Jason Atofau is on paid leave while the shooting is investigated.

The Seattle Times reports another recent officer-involved shooting was the result of a suspect drinking and making a threat with a firearm.

Bailey says an officer shot and wounded a man early Sunday after receiving reports that a man was threatening to shoot and kill another man in a parking lot. Assistant Police Chief Carmen Best identified the officer as gang Detective Jon Huber. He, too, is on leave while the Sunday shooting is investigated.

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