Seattle Police Shoot and Kill Washington Senior

Student was wearing a World War II-era military uniform and holding a rifle, police report.


Early Thursday, Seattle police shot and killed a University of Washington senior who was dressed in a World War II-era German uniform and was brandishing a rifle and bayonet, the Seattle Times reports. The shooting occurred at an apartment complex near campus.

[Miles Allen Murphy] was killed about 2 a.m. Thursday when police responded to neighbors' complaints that several men were shooting vintage, military-style rifles and shotguns into a dark alley near the 5200 block of 17th Avenue Northeast, police spokesman Jeff Kappel said.

When police were called, Kappel said, neighbors pointed out an apartment in a large white house. When police knocked on the door, one of the suspects opened the door brandishing a long rifle with a large bayonet attached.

Uniformed police officers warned the man several times to drop his weapon. He didn't, Kappel said, and he pointed it at one of the officers. Two officers shot him several times. He died at a hospital Thursday morning, Kappel said.... 

Police searching the apartment after the incident found the large collection of German military regalia and a lot of alcohol, Kappel said.

Murphy was described by friends as an "eccentric" history buff.