James D. Anderson and his girlfriend had fought just hours before he shot her and a doorman at Seattle’s Twilight Exit Lounge on Sunday night, police said Tuesday.
After the fight, Anderson, 32, left the couple’s home on 27th Avenue, and his girlfriend then trashed the house “out of anger,” said Seattle Deputy Chief Nick Metz. She left the couple’s 9-month-old son alone and went to the club where Anderson tracked her down around 10:15 p.m., Metz said.
“He found her and began firing several rounds,” injuring her and the 29-year-old doorman, Metz said at a news conference at police headquarters.
Anderson was killed moments later by Seattle police Officer Anthony Ducre, a decorated four-year-veteran of the force.
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Metz said police were at the bar four minutes after the first 911 calls were made, and responding officers heard screaming coming from inside and saw people running out of the bar on East Cherry Street “in a panic.”
Ducre, the first officer to enter the bar, shouted “Seattle police” several times before heading in, Metz said. Anderson raised his gun at Ducre and fired before Ducre returned fire, Metz said.
Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene.
His girlfriend and the wounded bar employee remain at Harborview Medical Center and are expected to survive, police said.
It was the first homicide of the year in Seattle and the first fatal officer-involved shooting since September when police shot Henry Lee Sr., a 77-year-old man who reportedly refused to put down a gun when officers responded to his 911 call.
Ducre has been administratively reassigned in accordance with department policy, police said.
Ducre was awarded the department’s medal of courage last year after he successfully detained an armed 6-foot-5 man who outweighed him by nearly 100 pounds, police said in a video posted on YouTube.
According to the video, Ducre was the first officer to respond to a call about an armed man at a convenience store near Seattle University. A short car chase was followed by a foot chase in which the suspect raised his gun toward Ducre. As Ducre prepared to fire on the man, two students walked by.
Ducre said he was afraid that a ricocheting bullet could strike one of the students.
The suspect then attempted to pull Ducre’s gun from its holster and yank Ducre’s legs out from under him, Ducre said in the video.
Ducre held the man until backup arrived and the six-time convicted felon was arrested.
Sunday’s shooting will be reviewed by an SPD Firearms Review Board and an inquest will be called, police said.
The Twilight Exit reopened Tuesday after being closed Monday.
Those who know Anderson and his 24-year-old girlfriend said the couple had a volatile relationship.
Anderson’s girlfriend had been charged with property destruction and assault after a fight with him last year and had been ordered to abstain from drugs and alcohol, according to documents filed in Seattle Municipal Court. A valid court order banning contact between them was in place at the time of the shooting, according to Metz
Two months ago, Anderson was charged with leaving the couple’s child unattended after police said he drove to the Twilight Exit with his baby unrestrained in the front seat and then left the child in the car while he walked up to the bar.
Child Protective Services was called on Sunday after the child was found home alone, he said. A relative of the girlfriend’s said the baby is in foster care.
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