The Seattle Police Department has confirmed that three police officers were shot and one suspect was killed, while two others have been taken into custody, after a robbery took place in downtown Seattle at a 7-Eleven store near Pioneer Square. On Thursday night, Seattle Deputy Police Chief Carmen Best said that two police officers have been hospitalized, and a third officer was hit in the head by a bottle. That officer was treated at the scene. A fourth officer was shot in his hand.
The Washington Post reported that Deputy Police Chief Best said that two officers from the Seattle Police Department were still receiving medical treatment at Harborview Medical Center and they “are expected to survive.” One of the Seattle police officers, 30, was initially listed “in serious but stable condition,” after being shot in the rib cage and chin. Another officer, 42, was protected from being injured more seriously because of her bulletproof vest.
The police chased two suspects who ran from the 7-Eleven, according to the New York Daily News. ABC affiliate WFAA reported that the 7-Eleven is located in Seattle “at 627 1st Ave.”
The suspects the police chased were a 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man. The teen girl managed to hit one of the police officers over the head with a bottle, while another officer was involved trying to subdue and arrest the male suspect.
The male suspect was able to make it “to the entryway of an office building.” From there, the suspect got into a shoot-out with the police, who wounded him in the ensuing brief confrontation.
According to the Washington Post, one of the suspects, the 17-year-old female, was arrested within minutes after she hit the police officer’s head with a bottle. The third suspect, another 19-year-old male, was taken into custody later, just after 6 p.m., and is being interviewed by police officers.
The male suspect barricaded himself in “the Federal Building on First Avenue and Madison Street,” according to WFAA. Police evacuated all of the employees from the building. The male suspect was later found inside the building by the police, dead. The police said that the cause of the suspect’s death could be from the gunshot wounds he suffered during the shoot-out, but the exact cause will be determined by the King County Medical Examiner.
The suspects allegedly robbed a downtown 7-Eleven, and shot two of the police officers who responded to a call about a robbery in progress. A spokesman for the Seattle Police Department, Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, confirmed one of the suspects had died, and that a female suspect in custody is being questioned by the police.
The robbery of the 7-Eleven was reported at approximately 1:40 p.m. on Thursday, on the Seattle Police Department’s Twitter feed. The robbery of the 7-Eleven occurred “several blocks south of Pike Place Market,” in the vicinity of the waterfront near the Pioneer Square neighborhood. Deputy Police Chief Best said it was Seattle’s “oldest neighborhood.”
On Thursday, the Seattle Police Department confirmed that three police officers had been shot while foiling a robbery of a 7-Eleven, and one of the three suspects involved in the robbery died following a shoot-out with the police. Best said the two hospitalized police officers had talked to her when she visited them there. The names of the two officers have not yet been disclosed. The male officer has worked for the Seattle Police Department for two years and the female officer has worked there for three years. The officer who was shot in his hand was treated at the hospital and released.
By John Samuels