Friday, November 16, 2012

Inquest Ordered Into Fatal SPD Shooting of Alzheimer's Sufferer

Posted by on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Via the Seattle Times:

King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting by Seattle police of Henry Lee Sr. on Sept. 23.

Police say Lee, 77, pointed a handgun at three officers who responded to a 911 call he reportedly placed after hearing noises outside his home. The two officers who opened fire on Lee Sr. were placed on administrative reassignment, which is routine after police shootings.

As the article notes, inquests are fact-finding hearings conducted before a six-member jury to determine the causes and circumstances surrounding law-enforcement-related deaths. It will be interesting to see if jurors explore whether sending a crisis intervention team to Lee's door, instead of armed officers (or maybe with armed officers) could've changed the ending of this tragic story.

 

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Will in Seattle 1
Hearing and/or seeing things is not that uncommon among people with Alzheimer's or Dementia.

As are delusional beliefs, like supply side economics or austerity as a solution for anything.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM · Report this
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No-one expects the SPD inquest-ition!

Too soon?
Posted by Sam O. on November 16, 2012 at 4:55 PM · Report this
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Here is Nathan Patterson, one of the cops who shot Mister Lee

http://youtu.be/OE4fw_VMl08
Posted by 126yearcaphillresident on November 16, 2012 at 6:15 PM · Report this
Rotten666 4
Devil's advocate: Cops show up to investigate, man waves gun at them.

At what point do you call a crisis intervention team, rather than shoot the guy aiming the gun at you?

Posted by Rotten666 on November 16, 2012 at 6:50 PM · Report this
Cynic Romantic 5
Hopefully they will find that mentally impaired people shouldn't own guns.
Posted by Cynic Romantic on November 16, 2012 at 7:12 PM · Report this
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If a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, they need to be monitored closely for their own safety and the safety of others. So where is the family or legal caretaker for this person and how did he get a gun? It is true that Alzheimer's patients are known to wander but it is not common for them to wander and discover a gun. The immediate home environment needs to be revised for safety much in the same way that one does for small curious children.
Beyond all this, there is still the tragic event with the man with dementia holding a gun. I am a nurse, not a policeman, but I wonder if in this case of extreme danger, could the objective be to wound the man, yet save his life? Yet even a wounded man could shoot back. So in hindsight there should have been a responsible person as a caretaker or if the man was in the advanced stages he should have been cared for in a dementia unit.
Posted by Juan Alfredo on November 16, 2012 at 8:02 PM · Report this
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Sadly, even ironically, the deceased apparently had no problem remembering where he had left his gun.
Posted by kinaidos on November 16, 2012 at 8:03 PM · Report this
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Should we start sending crisis intervention teams to every potential burglary call?
Posted by suddenlyorcas on November 16, 2012 at 10:05 PM · Report this
delirian 9
@6: The article notes that his relatives took away most of his guns for his safety, but since he used to own "a lot of guns", they obviously didn't get them all.
Posted by delirian on November 16, 2012 at 10:23 PM · Report this
Amnt 10
You point a gun at the cops, you get shot. It's pretty simple, mental illness/deterioration or not.
Posted by Amnt on November 17, 2012 at 12:59 AM · Report this
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This is why Cienna is just a Stranger fag hag and not a cop.
Posted by Stranger'sWorstNightmare on November 17, 2012 at 4:26 PM · Report this
Lizajane 12
How were the dispatchers to know this guy was delusional? How were to Police to know? They saw a guy waving a gun around, they most likely told him to put it down, the old guy did not, and boom.

I was a paid companion for elderly folks for a couple of years, I provided respite, companionship, and housekeeping services to the elderly and their families. Again and again I was put into situations where I thought the senior person was too far gone to be left alone ever and the families refused to deal with that fact. And that resulted in their family member injuring themselves and putting others in danger.

I had to quit that job it was too heartbreaking.
Posted by Lizajane on November 18, 2012 at 7:59 AM · Report this

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