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(UPDATED) Three Officers Wounded In Exchange of Gunfire With Robbery Suspect

Update 4/28: The police officer previously reported to be in serious-but-stable condition has been discharged from the hospital. His recovery continues.

Update 4/21: Investigators have released evidence, including in-car video and evidence photos showing the firearm used by the deceased suspect, as well as the damaged ballistic vest worn by one of the officers injured in Thursday’s shooting.

A patrol car camera captured the suspect fleeing into a loading dock with officers in pursuit, followed by an audible exchange of gunfire between the suspect and police.

Originally posted 8:04 PM on 4/20/17

Three officers were injured Thursday in downtown Seattle in an exchange of gunfire with a robbery suspect, who was found dead following the incident.

At 1:18 PM, Seattle police officers were called to a robbery at a convenience store in the 600 block of 1st Avenue after a two suspects—a 17-year-old female and a 19-year-old male armed with a handgun—robbed the store and fled north on 1st Avenue.

Officers caught up to the suspects within minutes. A struggle ensued and a male officer was struck in the head with a bottle. The male suspect ran to the entryway of an office building in the 900 block of 1st Avenue, where he exchanged gunfire with police. Three officers were struck by gunfire during the incident.

SPD officers moved their injured colleagues to safety and, set up a perimeter around the building as employees inside were ordered to shelter-in-place.

After clearing pedestrians and motorists from the surrounding streets, SWAT officers entered the building to search for the suspect and any other injured people. During the search, officers found the male suspect, who was deceased.

Police arrested the 17-year-old female suspect near the building and, after receiving conflicting information, identified a second 19-year-old male involved in the robbery. Police located and arrested the man around 6pm.

While the department can confirm that officers did fire their weapons during the incident, the cause of the male suspect’s death will be determined and released by the King County Medical Examiner.

A male officer and a female officer shot during the incident—who are two and three-year veterans of the department—were transported to Harborview Medical Center. The male officer was initially listed as being in critical condition, but was upgraded to serious-but-stable after receiving treatment. The female officer was listed as being in satisfactory condition.

A second male officer, a 27-year veteran, sustained a hand injury and was treated and released from the hospital. The third male officer, who was struck with a bottle during a struggle with the suspects, was treated at the scene.

In accordance with SPD policy, designed in collaboration with the Department of Justice, detectives from the Force Investigation Team and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene with representatives from the Office of Professional Accountability to collect evidence and review the incident. SPD violent crimes detectives are also separately investigating the convenience store robbery and assault on officers.

The officers who discharged their weapons during the incident will be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

The department is seeking any additional photographs or video from the scene, and are asking anyone with images of the incident to contact the SPD Homicide/Assault Unit at (206) 684-5550.