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Detectives Investigating Early Morning Shooting, Officer Use of Force in Pioneer Square

UPDATE: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 7:05 p.m.

SPD FIT and Homicide detectives continue to investigate this case. At this point, FIT detectives do not believe that the officer-involved shooting was captured on video. This information remains preliminary and subject to change as the investigation proceeds.


Detectives from the Force Investigation Team (FIT) are investigating after an officer interrupted a shooting in progress, and shot at the suspect in a Pioneer Square parking lot. The suspect had just shot another man, and injured him with gunfire. Detective’s do not believe that the officer’s gunfire struck the suspect, but it was enough to cause him to flee. A separate team of detectives responded to the scene to investigate the original shooting that left one man with a non- life-threatening leg injury.

Shortly after 2:00 am on Sunday, May 5th, West Precinct officers were in the area monitoring bar closing in Pioneer Square. Officers heard shots fired near the Sinking Ship parking garage at 2nd Avenue and James Street.

An officer at Occidental and Yesler saw a male suspect standing on top of the parking garage parking lot pointing a handgun. The officer fired two rounds from his department-issued handgun at the suspect.

The suspect fled in a red sedan, and headed northbound on 2nd Avenue. Officers searched but did not locate the suspect or his vehicle.

Officers located an adult male victim with a non- life-threatening gunshot wound to his leg in the parking lot of the garage. Seattle Fire responded and transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. The victim told officers that the suspect shot him in the leg during a dispute in the parking lot.

No officers were injured and there were no other reports of injuries.

FIT will investigate the officer-involved use of force while other detectives will conduct the shooting investigation.

Per SPD policy, designed in collaboration with the Department of Justice, detectives were joined on scene with representatives from the Office of Police Accountability and the Office of the Inspector General. Also per SPD policy, the officer involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

This information is preliminary and subject to change as the investigation proceeds.