Two Seattle police officers shot; one suspect dead

Two police officers were shot Thursday afternoon while responding to a robbery in downtown Seattle. One of the three suspects is dead according to a police spokesperson. One officer is listed in serious but stable condition, upgraded from critical with life-threatening injuries.

One suspect was captured in the initial minutes after the incident. The second suspect was barricaded inside a building. That suspect was later discovered to have died.

Seattle police say the third person involved was taken into custody shortly after 6 p.m. 

It started as an attempted robbery of a 7-Eleven at 627 1st Ave.  around 1:30 p.m. Seattle Police Deputy Chief Carmen Best said three suspects ran from the scene and were stopped a block away by the responding officers. One of the officers was fighting with a suspect on the ground when a female suspect hit the officer over the head with a bottle.

One male officer, 30, is in serious but stable condition, according to Harborview Medical Center. Best said the officer was shot in the face and subsequently the ribcage. A female officer, 42, is in satisfactory condition. She was shot in the chest but her vest stopped the bullet, Best said.

"When we think about our police, this is who we should think about. People who put their lives on the line every day. People who leave their homes in the morning and their families don't know if they'll come back. In this case, these two people, these two wonderful officers are going to be able to go home," Mayor Ed Murray said.

Seattle Police evacuated the Federal Building on First Avenue and Madison Street during the investigation.

Meredith Rock, who works as a postal clerk in the Federal Building, said she was “pretty freaked out” by the evacuation.

“All these cops started showing up, and they said there was a shooting,” Rock said. “They told me to stay in the office. They told me to lock down the building, but then cops through the window, people with big guns were saying, ‘Get out! Get out now.’ So then they came rapping on my window, and I came out, and they just rushed me out of the building.”

Cynthia Moore has worked at Housing and Urban Development on Western and Marion for 37 years, and she said this was the first time this type of incident has happened outside her work. “I’m just kind of shaken up and hoping everything comes out OK,” Moore said.

 

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