According to the Seattle authorities, a convenience store heist, which took place on Thursday, ended with three police officers wounded, two suspects taken into custody, and one suspect found dead at the scene. All wounded officers were taken to the hospital, where they’ve received medical attention for non-life-threatening injuries. One officer was listed in serious, but stable condition after he was shot in the ribcage and chin.
Seattle Police Moves in To Arrest Three Robbers
Carmen Best, the Deputy Police Chief, declared that, on Thursday afternoon, the authorities received 911 about a possible armed robbery taking place in Pioneer Square. Multiple police cars, accompanied by firefighters, and SWAT team moved in to secure the area and to apprehend the suspects.
As the authorities were surrounding the 7/11 store, three suspects exited the building and started running. According to Best, the suspects were two 19-year-old males and a 17-year-old female. One of the two male suspects were carrying gun and starting shooting towards the law enforcement officer during the pursuit.
Suspect Opened Fire on Settle Officers
Soon after the suspects exited the building and started running, one of the police officers managed to tackle the 17-year-old girl. However, the teen riposted by hitting the officer with a bottle she was carrying. The officer later received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
During the pursuit, the 19-year-old suspect started shooting towards the officer. As a result, a 30-year-old officer had to be rushed to the local hospital, after he was hit in the chin and the ribcage. In addition, another officer, a 42-year-old female, was transferred to the hospital after she was shot in the chest. The ER doctors said that the patient had been released later that day, as her tactical vest prevented the bullet from causing any internal damage.
The gun-toting suspect managed to outrun the authorities and to seek refuge in the nearby building. However, upon storming the building, the SWAT team discovered that the suspect dead. At the moment, the Seattle Police are uncertain whether the individual turned the gun on himself, seeing that he could not shake the officer, or if he succumbed as a result of police fire.
Following the procedure, the officers who exchanged fire with the 19-year-old suspect have been placed on paid administrative leave. The 17-year-old girl was detained, as was the other 19-year-old suspect who managed to outrun the police.
Ed Murray, Seattle’s Mayor, declared, during a press statement, that he stands beside the wounded police officers and their families.
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