“Bubbly Kid,” Armed Only With A Pen, Shot And Killed By Police Hours Before His Graduation

“I’m so angry,” his dad said. “I want to know what happened to my son."

By Gina Tron

Tommy Le, 20, was supposed to graduate Career Link, an alternative high-school completion program at South Seattle College, this month.

Instead, he was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy just hours before his graduation.

Around midnight, police received several 911 calls about a man with a sharp object, possibly a knife, threatening people in a residential area, according to a police press release. One home­owner even told dispatchers he had fired his handgun into the ground, hoping to scare off Le. He wasn’t scared off, and instead a barefoot Le pounded on that homeowner’s door and stabbed it, screaming that he was “The Creator.”

Police said Le ignored commands to drop his weapon.Two deputies fired their Tasers and one hit Le, but police said it didn’t affect him, according to the press release from police. When Le moved toward deputies, a deputy shot him three times. He died at a hospital soon after.

Over a week later, the Sheriff’s Office reported that Le had a pen, not a knife when he was shot.

Teachers describe Le as a “goofy, little guy.”

Le’s classmate Nafisa Mohamednur, 19, said, “He’s a bubbly kid. He’s an easy person to talk to about anything.”

Sunny Le, Le’s father, questions how law enforcement handled the situation.

“I’m so angry,” he said in a Seattle Times report, “I want to know what happened to my son."


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