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VIDEO: Suspect Sets Patrol Car On Fire With Seattle Cop Inside

Seattle, WA – A man carrying a large piece of burning lumber attacked a Seattle police officer and set his patrol car ablaze while the officer was still inside, dashcam footage showed (video below).

Police released surveillance, bodycam, and dashcam footage of the incident the following day.

Seattle Police Officer Caleb Pomazon responded to the area of John Street and Dexter Avenue at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, after the department received a report that a man was “brandishing a flaming piece of lumber,” the Seattle Police Department (SPD) said in a press release.

The videos showed Officer Pomazon as he drove into an alley and radioed his location to dispatch.

“He’s just walking down the alley…with a stick on fire,” he said, as the suspect walked away from him while carrying the large, flaming torch. “And it is…very on fire.”

Officer Pomazon parked a significant distance away from the suspect, got out of his patrol vehicle, and ordered the man to stop, the video showed.

“F—k you!” the suspect retorted.

The officer got back into his vehicle and drove up behind the torch-wielding suspect before he again ordered him to stop.

That’s when the man suddenly spun around and ran directly towards the patrol SUV, the videos showed.

He threw the flaming post into the officer’s vehicle, shattering the driver’s side window, just as multiple shots rang out, KCPQ reported.

According to court documents, the torch hit the officer in the thigh, The News Tribune reported.

Officer Pomazon put the SUV into reverse and simultaneously fired his weapon through the windshield as the large, flaming board laid across his body in the driver’s seat of the car, the videos showed.

The suspect fled the scene on foot just before the rear end of the SUV crashed into a nearby building.

Officer Pomazon tumbled out of the front passenger door into the alleyway as smoke billowed from his vehicle.

“Shots fired, shots fired,” he radioed, scrambling to his feet. “He threw the stick at me!”

The flames ultimately engulfed the entire SUV, resulting in a loss of approximately $70,000, according to The News Tribune.

Officer Pomazon and additional officers chased the suspect into a nearby parking garage, the SPD said in the press release.

The suspect “stated multiple (times) his intention to die at the hands of officers,” police said in court documents, according to The News Tribune.

The officers ultimately tased him and took him into custody.

He has been identified as 37-year-old Brian Leil, FOX News reported.

The SPD said Leil was not hit by the rounds fired by Officer Pomazon.

Leil was charged with first and second-degree assault on Oct. 16, WITI reported.

His initial appearance is scheduled for Oct. 29.

According to King County Superior Court documents, Leil has also been accused of repeatedly swinging a hammer at a man in Denny Park just before the alleged attack on Officer Pomazon, The News Tribune reported.

A group of people said they tackled Leil to the ground and took the hammer away from him before he took off running.

Leil’s criminal history includes three prior felony offenses, KCPQ reported.

One incident involved drug charges, while another stemmed from Leil allegedly attacking a woman’s vehicle with a crowbar.

One officer was transported to Harborview Medical Center due to “non-life-threatening burns” as a result of last week’s attack, the SPD said.

Officer Pomazon, a one-year veteran of the SPD, has been placed on paid administrative leave, as per department policy and protocol.

The SPD Force Investigation Team is handling the ongoing investigation, according to the department.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content:

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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