Seattle police: 2 officers shot following downtown robbery


Two officers have been shot while responding to a reports of a robbery in downtown Seattle on Thursday. KOMO Photo

SEATTLE — Two Seattle Police officers were shot, but survived while responding to reports of a robbery involving at least two, possibly three suspects in downtown Seattle on Thursday. One of the suspected shooters is dead, a second is under arrest and a search is on for a third suspect, police say.

Officers describe their third suspect as black man, about 5 feet 11 inches tall wearing a black jacket, glasses and a Seahawks beanie.

Seattle police say the ordeal began with a robbery at a 7-Eleven in the 600 block of 1st Avenue. One of their suspects was caught, but the others ran. Officers later caught up with the second suspect and gunfire erupted.

Two Seattle Police officers, a male and female, were hit in their bullet-proof vests. They were taken to Harborview Medical Center to be checked out.

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Brian Wilcox was delivering concrete across the street from where the robbery occurred.

“Officers started coming down Western and a suspect ran into the Federal Building,” Wilcox said. “And then shortly after, he ran in there then police followed him in there with weapons drawn. Then gunshots were exchanged, then all of a sudden, just about every cop in town showed up.”

Wilcox said he saw a male and female police officer come out that appeared to have been the two that were shot.

“A female officer — they were checking underneath her body armor– she walked out under her own power,” Wilcox said. “I think she got shot, I don’t know.”

Seattle Police say both officers were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to be checked out.

There is still heavy police activity in the area. Several downtown roads are blocked off:

Officers ask the public to stay out of the area as the investigation continues.

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