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Bodycam footage shows terrifying moment Seattle cop is injured after burning piece of wood thrown


Terrifying moment a man attacks a cop with a burning log and burns out his cruiser

  • A man threw a flaming piece of lumber into a police cruiser while an officer was inside while driving down an alleyway in Seattle
  • Body cam, dash cam and surveillance footage provide a split screen account
  • Officers responded to the South Lake Union neighborhood around 1.30pm on Thursday afternoon
  • Upon being ordered the stop, the man suddenly charges at the patrol car while wielding the burning piece of lumber  
  • One officer discharged his firearm, while another deployed a Taser gun at the suspect during the incident
  • The suspect did not sustain gunshot wound, and was arrested on investigation of assault and possible arson
  • The officer suffered minor burns and was treated at a medical center

By Lauren Edmonds and James Gordon For

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Shocking bodycam and dashcam video from Seattle police captures the moment a man brandishing a piece of burning lumber charges at a patrol car and smashes it through the window while the officer is still inside.  

Detectives with the Force Investigations Team have released body-worn, dashcam, and surveillance video from the incident which happened on Thursday in the South Lake Union area of the city.

In the three videos which capture the incident from all angles, the suspect can be seen wielding a burning piece of wood to launch an attack on the officer in the patrol car. 

Body cam, dash cam and surveillance footage provide a moment-by-moment account

Officers first got the call after a man was spotted walking down an alleyway carrying a burning piece of wood 

The man can be seen wielding a burning piece of lumber as the police officer orders him to stop 

The man suddenly charges at the patrol car leaving the police officer little time to react

Top left, the flames appear to penetrate the vehicle. Bottom left, dash cam shows thick smoke in the air, while right, the patrol car can be seen stranded in the alley as the attack takes place

The officer had been responding to a call that a man had been seen carrying a ‘flaming piece of lumber.’ 

Using the car’s loudspeaker, the officer instructs the man to stop and put down the fiery weapon. 

‘Seattle police, stop dude!’ the officer yells. 

The suspect suddenly turns to run directly at the vehicle with bright orange flames leaping from the piece of wood.  

Flames fill the interior of the car as the burning piece of wood is shoved through a window

Footage from the officer suddenly becomes shaky as he tries to escape the flames

After throwing the items at the car, the suspect then begins to run away as the officer opens fire through his windshield. 

Detectives later booked the 37-year-old suspect, who was not struck by the gunfire, into King County Jail.

The officer, Caleb Pomazon, has been with the Seattle Police Department for one year and is currently on paid administrative leave as per department policy.

The officer sat in a police vehicle parked in an alley between Dexter Avenue and John Street, where he encountered the suspect.

‘The officer found the man, who threw the flaming lumber—believed to be a 2×2—into the patrol vehicle while the officer was still inside,’ a press release said.

The Seattle Police Department shared a photo of the torched police cruiser after a man allegedly threw an enflamed piece of lumber into the vehicle while an officer was inside 

Seattle Police investigate after a suspect attacked a police vehicle with a burning piece of wood. The 2×2 piece of lumber was still lodged into the driver’s side window

Officers were on scene attempting to work out the sequence of events

The officer inside the vehicle suffered minor burns, but did not suffer more serious injuries. 

Additional officers arrived to the scene and chased the suspect into a nearby parking garage, where one person deployed a Taser gun at the suspect and took him into custody.] 

The officer was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening burns.

Pictured: on overhead photo of the burnt police cruiser shows the extensive damage suffered after the incident

While officers chased after the suspect on Thursday afternoon, the police cruiser continued to burn as emergency crews rushed to the scene

The piece of flaming wood, which was a large piece of lumber, that was thrown at an occupied #Seattle police cruiser can be seen in this photo-shared by local news station Q13FOX.

The officer is currently in HMC hospital for injuries sustained during the fire.

Shots were fired.

— Shane B. Murphy (@shanermurph) October 16, 2020

Meanwhile, flames continued to overtake the police cruiser and it was soon engulfed in an all-encompassing inferno.

Cellphone footage taken by a witness showed clouds of black smoke billowing into the Seattle air as fire burst from the interior.

A photo shared by the SPD revealed the cruiser suffered severe damage, with the windows blown out, paint peeling from the flames and the metal contorted by the heat.

What appeared to be the 2×2 piece of lumber was still lodged into the driver’s side window. 

The suspect, who was not identified by authorities, was arrested on Thursday evening and taken into custody

The suspect was arrested on investigation of assault and possibly arson.

Neither the suspects identity, nor the alleged motive have been disclosed. 

Authorities later checked the surrounding buildings in the area to ensure no other residents were injured during the incident. 


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