Security footage shows confrontation between homeless man and King County Sheriff John Urquhart

Security footage captured the moment a homeless man charged into a busy downtown Seattle crosswalk toward King County Sheriff John Urquhart and his chief of staff during a confrontation last month that led to the man’s arrest on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

Security footage captured the moment a homeless man charged into a busy downtown Seattle crosswalk toward King County Sheriff John Urquhart and his chief of staff during a confrontation last month that led to the man’s arrest on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

The video, obtained by The Seattle Times through a public-records request, comes from a security camera in place outside the King County Courthouse — the building where Urquhart and his aide, Chris Barringer, were headed at the time of the incident.

It captures Urquhart and Barringer, both dressed in plainclothes, walking south across James Street at Third Avenue when a man suddenly charges into the crosswalk behind them.

As Urquhart and Barringer turn to face the man near the center of the crosswalk, he appears to extend his left arm toward them, stop and then start backing away.

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Meantime, Urquhart stands his ground while Barringer retreats, bounding to the side and toward the courthouse while grabbing for his side arm.

The man appears to be yelling as he points several times at the sheriff and Barringer while backing away and disappearing off camera. Urquhart pulls out his phone, and Barringer, with his gun still drawn by his side, stands by, at times waving and gesturing.

Eventually, the man reappears as he walks a bicycle into the crosswalk and past the other two men, who step out of his way as he passes. Urquhart and Barringer walk after the man as he crosses the intersection, gets on the bicycle and rides west on James Street toward Pioneer Square.

Seattle police later arrested the man — identified as 36-year-old Matthew Reed Bradbury — a few blocks away. Police reported finding scissors on Bradbury and said he acted aggressively and threatening toward officers during his arrest.

Prosecutors later charged Bradbury with second-degree assault, a felony, for attempting to harm Urquhart and Barringer with a deadly weapon.

Charging papers and police reports say Urquhart and Barringer recounted seeing Bradbury coming at them “with a pair…

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