2 Seat­tle of­fi­cers shot, 1 crit­i­cally; sus­pect on the run

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SEAT­TLE (AP) — Two Seat­tle po­lice of­fi­cers re­spond­ing to a rob­bery at a con­ve­nience store were shot, one crit­i­cally, and au­thor­i­ties were still search­ing for a sus­pect on Thurs­day.

An­other sus­pect was taken into cus­tody, while a third was found with sig­nif­i­cant in­juries, au­thor­i­ties said. It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear how the in­juries oc­curred. A 42-year-old fe­male of­fi­cer was in sat­is­fac­tory con­di­tion, and a 30year-old male of­fi­cer was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, with life-threat­en­ing in­juries, ac­cord­ing to Har­borview Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Seat­tle.

One was shot in the chest but saved by a bul­let­proof vest, and the other was shot in the chin and ribcage, Mayor Ed Mur­ray said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence near the scene. It wasn’t clear which of­fi­cer had which in­juries.

“Our hearts and our thoughts are with those of­fi­cers and with their fam­i­lies,” Mur­ray said.

The rob­bery took place at a 7-11 con­ve­nience store near the city’s old­est neigh­bour­hood, said Pi­o­neer Square Deputy Po­lice Chief Car­men Best. The three rob­bery sus­pects fled, but when po­lice tried to stop them a block away, the of­fi­cers and sus­pects be­gan fight­ing.

While one of­fi­cer fought with a sus­pect on the ground, a fe­male sus­pect struck that of­fi­cer over the head with a bot­tle, Best said. The sus­pects fled, and one shot at po­lice, who re­turned fire, Best said.

The sus­pect who opened fire bar­ri­caded him­self in­side a nearby build­ing, Best said. It’s not clear if that was the wounded sus­pect.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have closed off sev­eral blocks as they seek the third sus­pect, de­scribed as a 5-foot-11 black male, with a dark com­plex­ion, weigh­ing 250 pounds and wear­ing a black jacket, glasses and a Seat­tle Sea­hawks ski cap.

Po­lice cruis­ers flooded the area, clos­ing streets, and of­fi­cers warned peo­ple to stay away.

“We’ve got the doors locked, and the cops are all around us,” said Cindi Raykovich, co-owner of a nearby run­ning shoe store. “They want us to stay in the back room. When we walk out front, there’s a guy stand­ing out front who points at us and tells us to go back.”

The de­part­ment dis­closed the shoot­ing on Twit­ter, say­ing the rob­bery had been re­ported near the wa­ter­front, sev­eral blocks south of Pike Place Mar­ket.

Brad Clough, who works at a bi­cy­cle re­pair shop in the area, said he heard sirens and saw at least sev­eral dozen po­lice of­fi­cers con­verge on the scene.

“Wow. This is real,” he said, de­scrib­ing SWAT of­fi­cers rac­ing down the street.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

A SWAT ve­hi­cle turns near the scene of a shoot­ing in­volv­ing sev­eral po­lice of­fi­cers in down­town Seat­tle on Thurs­day.

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