Suspect In Armed Pot Shop Robbery Fatally Shot After Exchanging Gunfire With Police

A suspect in an armed robbery at a Bellevue marijuana retailer was fatally shot by officers in an exchange of gunfire Wednesday in South Seattle.

Three people reportedly robbed the Bellevue marijuana shop Wednesday, leading Bellevue Police to find them in Seattle around 11:30 AM.

SPD officers—joined by Bellevue PD, Kent PD, Washington State Patrol, and the King County Sheriff’s Office—took two of the suspects into custody and were attempting to contact a third suspect in a shed behind a home in the 3600 block of South Findlay Street. That suspect then fired at officers. Multiple officers returned fire, striking and killing the suspect.

SPD’s Force Investigation unit will investigate the officer-involved shooting. Representatives of the Office of Police Accountability and the Office of Inspector General responded to the scene.

Because multiples agencies were involved in this incident, investigators are still working to confirm which agencies, and how many officers, were involved in the shooting. 

Per policy, the department will release video of the incident within 72 hours.

Update: 3/18/22

The Seattle Police Department is releasing body-worn video of the March 16th officer-involved shooting in South Seattle.

The SPD Force Investigation Unit continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting. Bellevue Police continue to investigate the initial robbery at a marijuana retailer.

The officers who fired their weapons in this incident are Noah Zech and Carl Anderson. Zech has been with the department since 2005. Anderson has been with the department since 2001. They have been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.