Suspect wanted for 2021 murder shot, killed by Seattle police

A suspect wanted by Seattle Police for a 2021 murder was killed when officers say they were forced to fire while serving a warrant.  

Officers used a PA system from outside the house on 21st Ave. SW in White Center to tell Isaiah Hinds to surrender when he came outside.

He was allegedly armed with a handgun.

"We believe from the preliminary reports that he actually fired upon officers," Seattle Assistant Police Chief Deanna Nolette said.

Police attempted life-saving efforts, but the Seattle Fire Department declared the 22-year-old man dead at the scene, she said.

Hinds is accused of shooting and killing 19-year-old Omari Wallace in March while he was at a Community Passageways meeting at a church in Rainier Valley. 

Omari's mom tells us her son was at the meeting seeking mentorship and support, hoping to be the best dad possible to his first child.

She says Omari was her best friend, and someone their family relied on every day. 

"The first thing I’d do every morning was have him come in my room, and he would just wake me up and we would talk every day. And I don't have that," she says. 

Hinds' criminal history goes back to 2014 in King County and includes convictions for second-degree assault in 2018 after he pleaded guilty to a drive-by shooting and attempted unlawful possession of a firearm. 

In 2015, he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm after he shot a man in front of his girlfriend and a 5-year-old child. 

King County prosecutors say he also pleaded guilty to a residential burglary and vehicle theft in 2014.