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Seattle Police: Man fatally shot by officers after ramming patrol car


SEATTLE — Authorities say a man was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer after he rammed another officer's patrol car on Interstate 5.

Seattle Police said in a statement an officer reported his car had been struck from behind by a vehicle on the freeway about 4 a.m. Friday. The force of the collision sent the patrol car into the interstate median. The officer wasn't seriously injured and the suspect fled.

At about 4:30 a.m. authorities say the suspect vehicle - a grey Mazda - was located in Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood.

KOMO-TV reports ( http://bit.ly/1gFgH0s ) that as police approached the driver, he got out of the car and there was an altercation. One officer fired several shots, killing the man. Police say a large knife was recovered from the scene.

The King County medical examiner's office has identified the man as 27-year-old Samuel Smith. He died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators say the man shot by officers is the same man who struck the patrol car.

"We do believe that vehicle on I-5 is associated with this incident here," said Capt. Sean O'Donnell.

The crash blocked several lanes on the interstate for about two hours.

The officer who shot the man has been placed on paid leave, per department policy, as the shooting is investigated.

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