A man was fatally shot by police in downtown Seattle on Monday afternoon, according to police.
The shooting occurred on the northwest corner of Boren Ave. and E. Howell St. at approximately 4:15 p.m.
Police said an officer was on patrol when he spotted a man sitting on the sidewalk, whittling, and approached him.
The officer told the man to drop the knife several times, police said, but instead of doing so, he stood up. When the man refused to heed to his commands, the officer opened fire and hit the man.
"It was rapid succession of five or six shots, straight to the chest. It was point blank," said one witness who wished to remain anonymous.
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