Man shot himself in leg while officers served warrant, police say

Man shot himself in leg while officers served warrant, police say

KENT, Wash. — A man shot himself in the leg in front of officers as they moved in to take a suspected drug dealer into custody Monday, the Seattle Police Department said.

Police said officers with the SWAT team were tracking the suspected drug dealer in the 23800 block of the West Valley Highway around 9:45 a.m. Monday.

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Officials said they saw the 42-year-old suspected dealer park his car and approach another vehicle.

Police said they moved into arrest the suspect when the driver of the other vehicle left his car on foot.

"The second man then pulled out a firearm and attempted to throw it, but instead shot himself in the leg," police wrote in a blotter post.

Police said the officers on scene applied a tourniquet to the man's leg and he was later transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

"Police have not yet established what his connection, if any, may be to the suspected dealer," officers said.

In their search of the suspected drug dealer's car, police said they found 48.9 grams of crack cocaine and 6.6 grams of heroin.

Police said they later served a warrant on the suspected drug dealer's home in Kent and recovered six handguns and $10,000 in cash.

The 42-year-old man was later booked into the King County Jail, police said.

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