The Capitol Hill man watched in disbelief as the man robbing him was shot and killed by an off-duty King County sheriff's sergeant. The 37-year-old man said...
The Capitol Hill man watched in disbelief as the man robbing him was shot and killed by an off-duty King County sheriff’s sergeant.
The 37-year-old man said Tuesday that on Friday night a nervous-looking “kid” passed him on Western Avenue, then turned around and ran up to him. Samuel Curry, 20, shoved a gun into the other man’s face, according to Seattle police.
“He said, ‘Give me your money, give me all of it.’ So I did, which amounted to $4,” said the robbery victim, who asked that his name not be published because he fears for his safety.
“He seemed mad, desperate and nervous all rolled into one. I thought ‘I hope he doesn’t count the money because he might shoot me.’ “
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The man said that when he grabbed his driver’s license back, Curry threatened to kill him. That was when Sgt. James Laing walked up.
Seattle police, who are investigating the case, say Laing identified himself as a sheriff’s deputy before Curry pointed his gun at Laing. The off-duty sergeant then fired two shots — killing Curry.
“It all happened really fast. My eyes went from one gun to another gun,” the man said. “The next thing I knew I stepped back and said, ‘goddamn.’ I looked down on the ground and the robber was on the ground, moaning.”
The man said he and Laing — who he said was dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt — didn’t talk after the shooting. When police arrived about a minute later, Laing, 61, appeared “pretty shaken up,” he said.
Curry’s aunt, Debora Anderson of Seattle, described her nephew as “a good person, a good son, a good brother, a good nephew.” She said the family doesn’t know what happened Friday night.
“That kid made a really stupid decision,” the robbery victim said. “No one should die for four dollars.”