i knew this man. he told me stories about his carvings, his family, and riding across the US on the back of a train. he was well known in the area he lived and roamed. and everyone knew, he was harmless. a very sweet sweet man that despite everything he'd been through always had a smile on his face. from further readings, though the entire situation is unclear as of yet, his back was turned to the officer when contact was initiated. and the fact that the officer saw him working on a board with his knife and the officer was in his patrol car and the fact that it took under a minute for the officer to decide to fire 4 rounds... i just don't know anymore. Short update: tho i cannot attest to Johnny's behavior on the day of the incident, i contacted the chief to explain what i knew of Johnny, his deafness, and my experience with him having known him for six years. i figured it was the least i could do. from a Seattle Times article: " One witness who contacted The Seattle Times has questioned the department's version of events and said the man may not have even realized the officer was trying to get his attention before shots rang out. Amber Maurina, 28, said she was driving home Monday afternoon from a doctor's appointment and was stopped at a red light at Boren and Howell. She said she was facing north on Boren and saw the officer stop his patrol car, which was facing south on Boren, and get out. Maurina said a tall, scruffy-looking man was standing with his back to her. She said she never saw the man's hands but thought he might be urinating or fumbling around in a fanny pack. Maurina said she watched the officer approach the man and saw him mouthing something to the man, who did not appear to respond. "His body stance did not look threatening at all," she said of the man. "I could only see the gentleman's back, and he didn't look aggressive at all. He didn't even look up at the officer." The officer approached the man, but was still "at least two car-lengths" away, Maurina said, when she heard the officer say, "Hey, hey, hey," followed by gunshots. "I watched him kind of slowly, sort of gracefully and elegantly, fall to the ground," Maurina said of the man. "From what I saw, it did not look right." Diaz said Tuesday that police are asking that other witnesses come forward."