Seattle police shooting downtown; 2 officers hospitalized; 2 officers injured

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Two Seattle police officers were shot during an armed robbery in downtown Seattle. A third officer was grazed by a bullet and a fourth officer was hit in the head with a bottle.

>> PHOTOS: Scene of police shooting


Quick facts:

- Four Seattle police officers were injured. One woman and three men.

- One male suspect dead; female suspect arrested; third in custody shortly before 7 p.m.

- See photos of the incident here.

- Incident started as an armed robbery at 7-Eleven on First Avenue

- Woman officer shot in the chest. In satisfactory condition.

- One male officer shot in the chin and is in serious condition.

- One other male officer grazed by bullet. Fourth hit with a bottle.

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The shooting happened at 1:32 p.m. Thursday near Madison Street at Western Avenue after an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven store at the corner of Cherry Street and First Avenue.

A female officer, 42,  was shot in the chest, but the bullet was stopped by her body armor. She was in satisfactory condition.

A second officer, a 30-year-old man, was shot in the chin and is in serious but stable condition.

Both are at Harborview Medical Center. 

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A third officer was grazed in the hand. A fourth officer was struck in the head with a bottle. 

KIRO 7 is not immediately naming the injured officers pending family notification. 

Police said the two suspects fled the robbery scene. Officers caught up with them about a block away, and one officer began fighting with a man on the ground.

While the officer was fighting, a female suspect came up and hit the officer on the head with a bottle. The suspects then fled.  

The male suspect fled into a building at Madison Street and Western Avenue and there was an exchange of gunfire with officers. Two of the officers who fired were shot and one was grazed by a bullet.

The man then barricaded himself inside the building. Police used flash bangs and sent a robot inside to determine where the man was and if he was alive.

Police later said the man, 19, was found dead inside the building.  Seattle police spokeswoman Carmen Best could not say if he was shot or how he died.

The female suspect, a 17-year-old girl, was arrested near First Avenue and Madison. 

Police later said the girl gave detectives information that revealed the possible involvement of a third person in the robbery.

The third suspect in the robbery, also a 19-year-old man, was found and arrested at about 6 p.m.

 

This is the first time a Seattle police officer has been shot since October 31, 2009 when Tim Brenton was killed and Britt Sweeney was wounded in the Leschi neighborhood.