Three Seattle po­lice of­fi­cers shot

One sus­pect dead, two taken into cus­tody af­ter rob­bery at a 7-Eleven

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SEATTLE — Three Seattle po­lice of­fi­cers were shot and in­jured dur­ing an ex­change of gun­fire with a sus­pect, who later died, af­ter a rob­bery at a down­town con­ve­nience store.

Three peo­ple are sus­pected in the Thurs­day rob­bery at a 7-Eleven store near Pi­o­neer Square, the city’s oldest neigh­bour­hood, said Deputy Po­lice Chief Carmen Best.

Of­fi­cers chased two sus­pects, a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, who ran from the store, po­lice said.

While one of­fi­cer strug­gled with the male sus­pect on the ground, the girl struck the of­fi­cer over the head with a bot­tle, po­lice said. The 19-year-old then ran to the en­try­way of an of­fice build­ing where he shot at po­lice, who re­turned fire, Best said.

Au­thor­i­ties closed off sev­eral down­town blocks through­out the af­ter­noon as po­lice cruis­ers flooded the area and SWAT of­fi­cers searched a nearby fed­eral build­ing where the sus­pect had bar­ri­caded him­self inside. The girl was ar­rested nearby.

Po­lice said Thurs­day night that of­fi­cers found the male sus­pect de­ceased.

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear whether the man died from po­lice gun­fire. Po­lice said his cause of death would be de­ter­mined by the King County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner.

A third sus­pect, an­other 19-year-old man, was later iden­ti­fied and taken into cus­tody.

One of the wounded of­fi­cers, a 30-year-old man, was ini­tially listed as crit­i­cal with life-threat­en­ing in­juries af­ter be­ing shot in the chin and rib cage. Har­borview Med­i­cal Cen­ter of­fi­cials up­graded his con­di­tion within a few hours to se­ri­ous but sta­ble.

Best said the wounded of­fi­cer was talk­ing.

A 42-year-old fe­male of­fi­cer was listed in sat­is­fac­tory con­di­tion at the same hospi­tal. She was re­leased Thurs­day night, af­ter her bal­lis­tics vest stopped a bul­let headed for her chest.

Their names haven’t been re­leased but po­lice said the fe­male of­fi­cer has worked for the depart­ment for three years while the male of­fi­cer has worked there for two years.

A sec­ond male of­fi­cer, a 27-year vet­eran, suf­fered a hand in­jury in the shoot­ing and was also treated and re­leased from the hospi­tal. The male of­fi­cer struck with a bot­tle was treated at the scene.

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

Au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing and po­lice said the of­fi­cers who fired their guns would be placed on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave.

Left: A Seattle po­lice of­fi­cer draws gun near the shoot­ing scene. Right: Deputy Chief Carmen Best briefs re­porters.

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