The family of a man shot by Redmond police Sunday issued a statement about the incident, saying he had suffered from obsessive-compulsive...
The family of a man shot by Redmond police Sunday issued a statement about the incident, saying he had suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder the past four years and confronted “painful images every day struggling to accomplish normal life activities.”
The victim was identified by his family as Mark William Nelson, 25.
Nelson was an electrical-engineering student at the University of Washington, an artist, Eagle Scout and outdoor enthusiast, the family said.
Nelson died after being shot twice when officers responded to a report of a suicidal man in a town home in the 15800 block of Northeast 95th Way, north of downtown Redmond.
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When officers arrived, they found the man had cut himself on the throat and locked himself in a bathroom. When officers broke through the bathroom door, the man refused to put down a knife, leading to the shooting.
“Unfortunately, Mark was tired and frustrated with the oppression of OCD,” the statement said. “The Mark we knew would never want to hurt anyone.
“The law-enforcement agencies have been very responsive and caring. Our hearts ache for the officers involved, and we are praying for them,” the family said.
“We wish for mental illness to be out in the open, free to be discussed and treated,” the statement continued.