SEATTLE — A suspect was injured in a shooting involving Seattle police and King County deputies Wednesday afternoon in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.
Law enforcement was conducting a narcotics operation about 2:45 p.m. near Third Avenue and Blanchard Street in response to community complaints about drug dealing in the area, Seattle police said.
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Police are investigating a shooting in the 300 block of Blanchard. Third Avenue is currently closed to traffic. PIO Michaud is on the way to the scene.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) January 22, 2020
Police said officers were attempting to arrest a 25-year-old suspect who was in a vehicle, and when they approached, officers reportedly saw a gun.
Police and deputies then opened fire on the suspect, striking and wounding him, authorities said.
Investigators said the suspect was taken to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Breaking News: Seattle police say there’s been a shooting on Blanchard St near 3rd Ave — We can see a car with a shattered back window. @KIRO7Seattle working to get more information now. pic.twitter.com/Qprs6kCuEl— Michael Spears (@MichaelKIRO7) January 22, 2020
.@SeattlePD incident on at 3rd Ave & Blanchard St. EB lanes between 2nd & 3rd are closed. All NB and SB lanes are closed between Blanchard St and Lenora St. pic.twitter.com/f6lYzVgT1e— SDOT Traffic (@SDOTtraffic) January 22, 2020
No officers or deputies were injured during the incident.
Police had to close off nearby streets for the investigation.
Police said the South King County Valley Investigative Unit will conduct an independent investigation of the incident in accordance with Initiative 940, but SPD detectives will continue a separate criminal investigation into the suspect.
This remains an ongoing investigation.
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