Leonid Kalyuzhnyy was detoxing from alcohol and in agony.
His girlfriend, Tracie Mohnkern, said she left her apartment and went to check on him in his downstairs unit several times during one particularly difficult night in late November. Despite his suffering, Kalyuzhnyy was determined to remain sober, Mohnkern said.
But just after 4 a.m. on Nov. 29, Seattle police were called to their apartment building in the Central District after witnesses reported hearing a gunshot. Responding officers looked up at the building's second floor and saw Kalyuzhnyy holding a rifle in an open hallway.
Kalyuzhnyy yelled, "I'm going to kill you," and fired a gunshot at the officers, according to police.
Officers returned fire, killing the 51-year-old.