A Renton police officer shot a naked man who had climbed into a drive-through window at a McDonald’s and then ran through the restaurant with a gun Tuesday morning, according to the department and a witness.
The 40-year-old man who was shot was in serious but stable condition, police said.
Joey Summers, 41 — an employee at the McDonald’s in a cluster of businesses on Northeast 44th Street where the initial 911 call about a “lewd man” was made to Renton police at about 8:15 a.m. — said he was on his break when a naked man armed with a handgun climbed through the drive-through window. Police said the man broke windows and pointed the gun at employees and customers in several businesses.
“He ran right through and out the door,” said Summers, who followed the man outside as he climbed through a small ravine thick with brush and trees and up onto the I-405 offramp. Officers made contact with him near the offramp, according to the department.
The police department said officers tried several de-escalation techniques before shooting the man.
Northeast 44th at Interstate 405 was closed until shortly after 3 p.m. while officers investigated, police said.
Summers filmed a video on his cellphone of the police response and shooting.
While trees and brush obscure some of the scene, officers can be seen pointing guns at the man and yelling, though traffic noise drowns out some of what they are saying. A staccato of gunshots can be heard, punctuated by at least two heavier blasts from a shotgun. Empty shotgun shells and numerous brass handgun casings — all marked with small cards — littered the roadway behind yellow crime-scene tape.
Summers, in spontaneous commentary recorded on the video and in an interview later, said he was shocked at the number of shots that were fired. He also said it appeared the man was running from the officers as they fired. Summers could not say — and it’s not clear on the video — whether the man was carrying a gun at that point.
At the end of the video, the man can be seen lying in a clump of grass and brush on the roadside.
This is the second case this year in which a Renton police officer shot someone who authorities said was threatening others. In June, a police officer fatally shot a knife-waving man after he threatened to hurt people inside a Renton bar, then stabbed someone, authorities said.
The Valley Investigation Team will investigate Tuesday’s incident. Per protocol, an outside agency handles the investigation when an officer is involved in a shooting.