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Friday, December 28, 2007

A Tragic Year For One Seattle Family

posted by on December 28 at 15:19 PM

On Christmas Day, the state patrol received over one hundred 911 calls about a man running across I-5, near Federal Way, whipping passing cars with his belt. Police arrived and, according to reports, tasered Aaron Larson, 28, to no effect before he was shot and killed by an officer.

According to a report in the PI, Larson was upset over the death of his mother. Indeed, Larson was the son of Phyllis Buchert, who was found dead in a Lake City apartment earlier this year.

This summer, I wrote about Buchert and within days of my story going to print, I received a call from her sonóand Aaron Larson’s younger brotheróDanny, 26. In June, Danny told me about a series of tragic events that had led to his mother’s death. He said that his mother had been in and out of the hospital, in jail, and eventually thrown out of her home by her husband, before she was found dead in a Lake City man’s bathtub.

Earlier this month I remembered my conversation with Danny, and one of the first regrets I wrote for this year was about my flippant coverage of Buchert’s death. Now, it appears that Danny was at the scene when his brother Aaron was killed by police last Tuesday.

Aaron Larson is survived by five siblings, age 26, 25, 16,15 and 11. Again, I’d like to offer my sincerest condolences to his family.

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Way to step up and face the music, Jonah.

This story breaks my heart. I'm getting tired of watching life eat people alive...

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | December 28, 2007 3:28 PM

What a shitty week.

Posted by heywhatsit | December 28, 2007 3:43 PM

I know the step dad of the young man who is also the husband who threw her out. He is the nicest, calmest guy but when I saw him this morning, he was devistated by this. It's too sad.

Posted by A Friend Of the Family | December 28, 2007 3:45 PM

Some lives seem to have predestined storylines. Crazy, weird, funny, and tragic all at the same time.

Posted by laterite | December 28, 2007 3:48 PM

I'm curious to know if this experience has changed the way you write/report or if it simply made you regret the way you wrote that particular piece.

Posted by PA Native | December 28, 2007 3:51 PM

Truely sad all the way around.
A sad end for Aaron, for his children, for his family, for the officer, for all those who witnessed this, and now for you too, Jonah...

We all live with legions of regrets tied to our shoulders, some are just heavier than others and harder to shed.

Posted by Packratt | December 28, 2007 4:03 PM

police are pathetic bully douchebags good for exactly two things: harassing the homeless and killing harmless people. i hope there's a spicy ring of hell reserved just for them. fascist assholes.

Posted by adrian | December 28, 2007 4:17 PM

This is really sad. Thank you for sharing your regrets and my condolences to the family.

Posted by Papayas | December 28, 2007 6:05 PM

Jesus Christ, what a tragic story. Jonah, thanks for giving it a personal touch. My heart just breaks, thinking about the kids that were in the car at the time. This life sometimes.

Posted by kerri harrop | December 28, 2007 6:53 PM

@1 - "I'm getting tired of watching life eat people alive..."

Perhaps you're watching the wrong kind of people.

Posted by Hello bull, hello horns | December 28, 2007 7:39 PM

Yes, a sad week filled with the end of lives lived close to the edge. The holidays, and especially Christmas, bring out the best and worst in folks. I always feel lucky when we get to the New Year and I'm still in one piece. The weather hasn't been much help, either. All these pressure changes in so few days is bound to bring some closer to the edge. Again, a very sad week. For those who are okay, glad to hear it!

Posted by chas Redmond | December 28, 2007 9:31 PM

"police are pathetic bully douchebags good for exactly two things: harassing the homeless and killing harmless people. i hope there's a spicy ring of hell reserved just for them. fascist assholes."

Pathetic bullies, of course, until they take a bullet for the sake of worthless idiotic liberal douchebags like "adrian."

An earlier report indicated that Larson was trying to cause an accident and assaulted the officer. Perhaps we should have let him cause a multiple car pile up involving numerous fatalities, all so "adrian" can jerk off to his perverted concept of "liberty." Having a hard time in your life is no excuse for any of this.

Posted by Rick | December 29, 2007 4:41 AM

Amen, Rick.

Posted by raindrop | December 29, 2007 8:56 AM

@ 12
If you saw the videos, holiday traffic had already slowed to a 2 mph crawl. This poor guy was obviously in pain, and the cop had no training to deal with it except to shoot him.
The whole thing is too sad.

Posted by sceptic | December 29, 2007 9:35 AM

@14: Even so, I still give the cop the benefit of the doubt in cases like this. You still have moving vehicles and some lanes were going faster. Indeed it's tragic.

Posted by raindrop | December 29, 2007 9:56 AM

And even if the cop was inadequately trained for this, that does not make him a "pathetic bully douchebag." This officer was thinking of the safety of the general public, first and foremost, and is a human being, like you and me, with a mom and dad, and quite likely a wife with kids at home. I come from a family of police officers, and you don't even know what sort of shit they have to put up with.

Posted by Rick | December 29, 2007 5:00 PM


It is interesting that you state:

"Having a hard time in your life is no excuse for any of this."

yet later mention:
"I come from a family of police officers, and you don't even know what sort of shit they have to put up with."

If the first statement you made was true, then the second statement you made has no place in the argument.

Posted by Packratt | December 29, 2007 6:02 PM

the pistol-happy cop should have traded places with the ineffectual fuckups at the scene in carnation instead.
just saying.

Posted by pretentious | December 29, 2007 8:05 PM

Ah, the Children's Choir is once again regaling us with their version of Fuck Tha Police, which they learned in a junior-year AntiFa elective after they'd completed their two state-mandated years of math.

Posted by croydonfacelift | December 30, 2007 12:49 AM

I have no idea what Packratt is getting at, but I will give it a try: he is implying that I am saying that the officer acted out of stress, so therefore should be excused.

I never said that (particularly since I believe the officer acted correctly), but if you believe that I did, then you are probably susceptible to every random conspiracy theory cooked up by any crackpot on a whim.

Posted by Rick | December 30, 2007 3:41 PM

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