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:
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.”
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 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.