3 officers shot: How Thursday’s downtown Seattle shooting unfolded

After an alleged robbery downtown, police fought with suspects and then exchanged gunfire. Here’s how the events unfolded.

As police responded to an alleged robbery at a downtown Seattle convenience store Thursday afternoon, a chaotic fight broke out between the officers and suspects.

Three officers were shot, dozens of police in tactical gear swarmed downtown and raided a federal building, where one of the suspects had holed up.

Here’s a timeline of how the day unfolded:

Downtown shooting



About 1 p.m.

Police responded to a robbery call at the 7-Eleven convenience store at First Avenue and Cherry Street.

Two suspects had allegedly robbed the store and were chased out by a clerk. About a block away, police attempted to stop the pair suspected in the robbery.

“They stole some chips and soda … the chick was trying to leave with a case of Heineken,” said Amanda Clark, an eyewitness at the convenience store. “Two cops confronted the guy and possibly the girl, too … and he shot them.”

Amanda Clark was walking when she witnessed the shooting of two Seattle police officers downtown Thursday afternoon. She describes the scene. Note: Video contains strong language. (Vernal Coleman / The Seattle Times)

There was a fight before the shooting, according to Deputy Police Chief Carmen Best.

Shortly after bicycle officers attempted to stop the suspect, a male suspect and an officer began to fight on the ground, Best said. A 17-year-old female struck that officer over the head with a bottle, Best said. The suspects fled and exchanged fire with police.

Three officers were injured by gunfire, and a fourth was hurt by the bottle. The officers were taken to Harborview Medical Center.

A 30-year-old male officer was shot in the chin and rib cage; a veteran male officer had a bullet glance his hand; and a 42-year-old female officer was shot in the Kevlar vest she was wearing, preventing a life-threatening injury, according to police.

Police attend to a wounded officer at the Federal Building on First Avenue after he was shot responding to a robbery on Thursday in downtown Seattle. (Dean Wenick / Special to The Seattle Times)


2:10 p.m.

Police continued to flood the downtown area to search for suspects. They arrested the 17-year-old female suspect near Madison Street and Western Avenue.

Dozens of police vehicles surrounded the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building and other buildings in the block.

“This is a dangerous area. You don’t want to be here. There are guns,” an officer told a reporter near the area.

Law-enforcement officers respond on First Avenue after three Seattle police officers were shot and wounded in downtown…

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