Board in Washington opens probe into shooting of Native man
The Seattle Police Department's Firearms Review Board has begun its inquiry into the shooting of John T. Williams, a traditional woodcarver.

Williams, 50, was shot by a police officer on August 30. He was a member of the Dididaht First Nation of British Columbia.

The review board will try to determine whether the shooting by Officer Ian Birk was justified, not justified or accidental. Many in the Native community believe Birk over-reacted because Williams had trouble hearing and might not have heard Birk's commands.

Williams was also frequently seen carving in parks in the city. At the time of his death, he was carrying a knife and a piece of wood.

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