Seattle Patrol Car Set on Fire – While Officer Still Inside
With the war on law enforcement in full swing, a man threw a flaming piece of lumber into a Seattle patrol car as the officer sat in it. The incident was caught on body cam/dash cam/surveillance videos. The Officer, Caleb Pomazon, managed to exit the vehicle as it was engulfed in flames. He was taken to Harborview Medical with non-life threatening burns. The suspect was identified as Brian Leil, 37.
The Seattle Police reported,
Detectives with the Force Investigations Team have released body-worn, dashcam, and surveillance video from the ongoing investigation into the Thursday officer-involved shooting in South Lake Union.
The suspect can be seen in the video using a burning piece of lumber to attack an officer in his patrol car. The suspect then runs away as the officer opens fire.
Detectives later booked the 37-year-old suspect, who was not struck by gunfire, into King County Jail.
The officer, Caleb Pomazon, has been with the Seattle Police Department for one year and is currently on paid administrative leave per department policy.
October 15, 2020
Around 1:30 PM, an officer was in their patrol vehicle in an alley between Dexter Avenue and John Street looking for a man who was reportedly brandishing a flaming piece of lumber.
The officer found the man, who threw the flaming lumber—believed to be a 2×2—into the patrol vehicle while the officer was still inside.
Additional responding officers chased the man into a parking garage where they deployed a taser and took him into custody.
One officer is believed to have discharged a firearm during the incident. The suspect was not struck.
Additionally, as officers were arresting the man, the flames from the burning lumber engulfed the entire patrol vehicle.
One officer was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening burns.
Officers are also checking surrounding buildings in the area to ensure no one else was injured in the incident.
The Seattle Police Department’s Force Investigation Team is on scene conducting interviews and gathering evidence.
As of Sunday, Leil remained in the King County jail. He is charged with Assault, Harassment, and Stalking, according to Law and Crime.
Featured photo: Seattle Police picture of the aftermath of the attack.
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