The man suspected of shooting a Metro bus driver before being shot by police has died, Seattle police said this afternoon.
A law-enforcement source?identified the gunman as Martin A. Duckworth, 31.
Police say Duckworth shot the?Metro bus driver this morning in downtown Seattle?during a confrontation. Duckworth was then shot by police after he boarded a second?bus, Seattle police said.
The bus driver, 64, was shot around 8:45 a.m. while the Route 27 bus was at Third Avenue?near?University Street, but his injuries were not life-threatening, police said, and he has since been released from Harborview Medical Center.
Harborview confirmed the driver?s name is Deloy Dupuis. ?King County Executive Dow Constantine, who visited Dupuis at Harborview this morning, said he was ?remarkably upbeat? despite wounds to his face and arm. He has been a driver for Metro since 1999.
Seattle police Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh said two officers were?near Third?and University when they were contacted by people who had been on the bus in which the driver was shot. One officer assisted the wounded driver while the other chased the gunman?south on Third, McDonagh said. The man ran west on University, firing at the officer,?McDonagh said. Later in the day, Acting Police Chief Jim Pugel said the man pointed the gun but that only ?clicks? might have come from the revolver he was carrying.After running south on Second Avenue, the man boarded, along with other passengers,?a bus stopped on Seneca Street at the intersection, police said.
A law-enforcement source identified Martin A. Duckworth, 31, as the shooter. (Department of Corrections photo, March 2013)
Officers converged on the bus and opened fire on the suspect, McDonagh said. About a dozen bullet holes were visible on the front of the bus.
Four officers, including two who were off-duty, ? ?A law-enforcement source identified Martin A. Duckworth, 31, as the shooter. (Department of Corrections photo, March 2013)?opened fire when the man raised his gun,?then fired again when he raised the gun a second time, Pugel said.
Duckworth suffered what were said to be life-threatening wounds. He also was taken to Harborview, where he died this afternoon.
McDonagh said officers had to make a difficult decision when they fired at the bus, which held about 15 passengers.
?I believe they made the right choice,? McDonagh said, describing the situation as ?dangerous and dynamic.? McDonagh called the shooting of the bus driver rare.
Pugel said the incident began when three people got on the first bus at the rear door.
When the driver asked them to pay at the front of the bus, two got off and came to the front to pay, Pugel said.
But the third, identified as the gunman, stayed on the bus and paced back and forth before approaching the driver, Pugel said.
The suspect then ?physically assaulted? the driver and shot him at least twice, Pugel said.
Duckworth was?placed on state Department of Corrections community supervision after a drug-case conviction in King County in October 2011 and completed the supervision April 15,? Chad Lewis, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections, said today.
On his?Facebook page, Duckworth said he was a self-employed barber.
Police said a 32-year-old officer, who was among those who fired,?suffered minor injuries in the incident, possibly from broken glass. A second officer, who is in his 50s, was also taken to Harborview for treatment for an undisclosed medical condition, police said.
A female passenger sustained minor bruising while evacuating the second bus, police said.
A witness who had gotten on the first bus just before the shooting said she saw the gunman yelling in the driver?s face. The gunman got off the bus, but then stepped back on and shot the driver five times, once in the jaw, the witness told Seattle Times photographer Steve Ringman.
The gunman then ran away, the witness said.
Jeff Harris, 50, of Seattle, who works at a business at Third and University Street, said he was putting money in a parking meter when he heard five gunshots. Harris said he then saw a bearded man running on University and thought the man was going to steal his car. Harris said he ran as the man tried without success to get into other cars parked on the street.
Police were chasing the man and repeatedly ordering him to drop a gun, Harris said.
The armed man then ran south on Second Avenue and got on a Metro bus near Seneca Street, Harris said. Police shot the man on the bus or as he was getting on the bus, Harris said.
Jason Sykes, an attorney who works in the 1201 Building at Third and Seneca, also said he saw police chase the gunman.
?He?s got something in his hand. And I look up at the bus, and all I can see is everyone in the bus in sheer panic. People are just running and pushing toward the back and literally spilling out of the windows.?