The Native American man fatally shot by a Seattle police officer in a confrontation Monday—after the officer spotted him on the street with a knife—was deaf in one ear. More details on the confrontation here.

And via Seattlepi.com (emphasis mine):

The man fatally shot in confrontation with a police officer Monday afternoon after he refused to follow police orders was deaf in his left ear, the man's brothers said Wednesday.

John T. Williams, 50, was shot about 4:15 p.m. at Howell Street and Boren Avenue after police say Officer Ian D. Birk's yelled three times for him to drop a knife and Williams did not.

... Williams lost hearing in his left ear eight years ago after an ear infection, his brothers said Wednesday. He caught the infection after sleeping outside... The siblings do not know if Williams had his headphones at the time of the shooting, but believe he had difficulty understanding the officer's command.

Williams was also an eighth-generation wood carver.