The Latest: Mayor says homeless camp cleanup halted

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SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a shooting by police that killed a man near a Seattle homeless encampment (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

Seattle's mayor says efforts to clear out a homeless encampment known as The Jungle will stop until the investigation into a police shooting that left one man dead has been completed.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement Tuesday that a full investigation will be conducted, along with the presence of the civilian-led Office of Professional Accountability.

"At the same time, today's operation in the Greenbelt was needed, both because of the long history of public safety issues in the area and because of the long-overdue work the Washington Department of Transportation needs to do on Interstate 5," Murray said. "We expect this work to continue at the conclusion of the investigation."

A female officer was put on leave Tuesday after she shot and killed a man police say was engaged in a knife fight near the encampment.


5:41 p.m.

Police say a man who was shot by an officer near a Seattle homeless encampment known as The Jungle has died.

The Seattle Police Department said in a news release that the man shot by a female officer Tuesday afternoon had been in the midst of a knife fight with another man.

Police say the man shot was critically injured and died later Tuesday at a Seattle hospital.

The officer who fired the weapon during the incident will be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

Neither she nor the men involved in the incident have been identified.


Authorities say a Seattle police officer came upon two men in the midst of an altercation and shot one of them as officials were working to clean out a homeless encampment known as The Jungle.

The Seattle Times reports ( ) two longtime officers participating in the sweep saw two men fighting Tuesday afternoon and one appeared to have a knife.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole says one of the officers discharged a weapon and a suspect was injured. She says a knife was recovered at the scene.

The Seattle Fire Department said in a tweet that a man had life-threatening injuries and another had minor injuries.

A Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman says one person was taken there in critical condition and the other was in satisfactory.

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