The Seattle Police Department said in a statement Thursday that the officer’s actions – unidentified – are being investigated independently by the King County Sheriff’s Office at the department’s request.
Earlier on Thursday, the city’s police watchdog said it was seeking a criminal investigation.
The scene was immediately surrounded by nearby authorities.
Subsequently, the case was referred to the OPA.
“After further investigation of the video and consideration of the interviews conducted by the FIT, the OBA requested that a criminal investigation be conducted,” the statement said.
Seattle police officers seeking comment did not immediately return a CNN email to the Guild.