Officer-involved shooting in West Seattle

On January 12th at approximately 1:17 p.m. officers responded to a 911 call of a domestic disturbance in the 3400 block of 44th Avenue SW.  Upon arrival officers approached the front door of the residence and could hear hysterical screams from a female voice and growling dogs emanating from inside the home.  Officers made entry into the home through the unlocked front door and saw two dogs on top of a woman (who turned out to be the suspect).  The officers observed blood on the mouths of the two dogs and blood on the clothing and hands of the woman on the ground.  The woman was able to stand up and break free of the dogs at which time the dogs began attacking each other.  Shortly thereafter the dogs charged at the officers.  One of the officers shot both dogs, killing one and injuring the other. 

Officers were able to get an adult male and adult female (who were the involved parties of the domestic disturbance) out of the house.  Further investigation indicated that the female suspect had assaulted the male, her brother.  Both of them reside in the home.  No weapons were involved in the assault.  The 59-year-old male victim was not injured and required no medical attention. 

The 55-year-old female suspect was placed under arrest and subsequently booked into the King County Jail for misdemeanor Domestic Violence Assault. 

Animal Control took custody of both dogs.  The injured dog was taken to a local animal hospital.  Detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.