Autopsy: Native carver was shot four times in his side by officer
John T. Williams, a traditional woodcarver, was shot four times in the right side of his body by a police officer, according to autopsy results released by the family's attorney.

Williams, 50, was not facing the officer when he was shot on August 30, attorney Tim Ford said. "Where is the threat?" Ford told The Seattle Times.

Williams was a member of the Dididaht First Nation of British Columbia. He was carrying a wood carving knife and a piece of wood when he was shot by Officer Ian Birk, who remains on administrative leave.

The Seattle Police Department's Firearms Review Board has reviewed the incident and will will try to determine whether the shooting was justified.

Get the Story:
Woodcarver was shot four times in his side by officer, autopsy shows (The Seattle Times 10/6)
Review board's findings on officer shooting sent to chief (The Seattle Post-Intelligencer 10/6)

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