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.