Three Seattle police officers shot
One suspect dead, two taken into custody after robbery at a 7-Eleven
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.