Trans socialist in Seattle shoots 3 lawmakers, leaving 1 in critical condition before turning gun on himself: report

A male member of the Seattle Democratic Socialists of America, claiming to be a female, reportedly shot three sheriff’s deputies before eventually turning the gun on himself.

Three MPs came with me on Monday morning King County Sheriff’s Department — David Easterly, Benjamin Miller, and Benjamin Wheeler — went to an apartment in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, to serve a final eviction notice on the occupant who lived there: a 29-year-old man formerly known as Nathan Stolsig, but who took adopted the name Eucytus after deciding he was actually a woman.

The deputies spoke briefly with Eucytus when the situation suddenly turned violent. Gunfire reportedly erupted, but which party fired first remains undetermined. All three deputies “probably returned fire,” according to the police report.

Although all three detectives wore ballistic vests, Detective Easterly, a 25-year veteran of the force, suffered a single gunshot wound to his torso. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he underwent surgery. As of Wednesday, Easterly is said to have been critical stable Condition.

“Yesterday, when he was taken to the hospital, other MPs told us that he was actually in a pretty good mood because he was a pretty happy guy,” he said Meeghan Black by the King County Independent Force Investigation Team.

Black added that the bullet “missed” Easterly’s protective gear, causing an entry and exit wound.

While medical personnel attended to Easterly, the suspect barricaded himself in his apartment. When the authorities finally managed to break into the apartment, they found Eucytus dead. A preliminary coroner’s report said he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Eucytus’s comrades in the DSA issued a statement after his death:

While we do not know the exact circumstances of Eucy’s death, it is undeniable that the inherently violent and traumatic process of MPs’ eviction of an individual was a key factor. We deeply regret that this eviction resulted in gunshots, injuries and death, regardless of who initiated it. The DSA supports the peaceful mass resistance against forced evictions.

Unfortunately, this tragic outcome underscores the violent nature of our capitalist housing system, which prioritizes landlord profits over the human right to housing. According to her friends, after an accident at work, Eucy was unemployed and unable to pay rent.

Evictions inevitably lead to despair and homelessness, disruptions to our education system, and the breakdown of families and communities. Numerous studies indicate that housing instability and evictions lead to dramatically poorer outcomes in terms of education, mental and physical health, incarceration rates, and economic well-being. Seattle DSA condemns this systemic violence.

Easterly, Miller and Wheeler have all been placed on administrative leave while an investigation into the incident continues.

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Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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