According to police, officers were called to the 5200 block of 17th Avenue Northeast to investigate a report of two or three men firing weapons into the air. Officers say they fired on the man after he brandished what a witness described as a bolt-action rifle.Darwin, table for one.
Kerlikowske offered more detail Friday. He said the four officers who responded were approaching Murphy's basement apartment when the young man came out of it. He was carrying the rifle, and it was pointed in the officers' direction.
They order him to drop it. He lowered the rifle, but as he climbed up the steps he raised the rifle, which was affixed with a bayonet, again in their direction.
Officers again order him to drop it, then two officers fired seven shots at him with their AR-15 rifles.
Making it even more surreal, Miles was dressed in a Nazi uniform--apparently something that he liked to wear for no real reason. The rifle was a vintage German Mauser, which, according to the news story, had been taken away from him by the police two years ago for unknown reasons. It was returned to him a couple of months later due to pressure from Miles' dad.
Good job there, dad. You really thought that one out, didn't you.
And at this time it appears that the shots that the police had been called to investigate were fired by Miles from that rifle because he wanted to make noise on New Years Eve. It apparently had blanks in it, but the police officers could not know that or assume such. They did what they had to do when Miles Murphy pointed the rifle at them. Now the kid is gone, and as the comments following the news story indicate, the predictable anti-police backlash from Seattle's loser community has begun.
My condolences go out to the police officers that were forced to go through this traumatic episode because a stupid kid didn't have the common sense that God gave a goose.