A car prowl in Seattle leads to police chase then suspect death from police gunfire
February 20, 2018
(SEATTLE, WA.) – Seattle Police Force Investigation Team (FIT) detectives are probing a fatal officer-involved shooting that happened Monday morning in the Ravenna neighborhood as a car prowl was in progress.
According to an SPD statement, around 4:20 am officers responded to the 6000 block of 34th Avenue NE for a report of a car prowl in progress. When officers arrived, they saw a man inside a parked car.
“The suspect fled on foot and officers gave chase,” said the statement. “During the foot pursuit, the suspect fired a handgun at the officers. One officer returned fire. None of the officers were injured and the suspect continued to flee.”
Additional police officers and a K9 team responded to the area and began searching for the suspect who, police say, then broke into a home in the 6000 block of 27th Avenue NE and stole a vehicle from the residents at gunpoint. They were not injured.
The man later crashed that vehicle near NE 55 Street and 26th Avenue NE. At that collision scene officers attempted to take the suspect into custody and, “During the encounter, one officer fired, striking the suspect.”
The police statement did not say what transpired during that encounter for the officer to feel he or she needed to employ lethal force to end the encounter.
Several officers provided first aid to the wounded suspect. Seattle Fire Department personnel responded and declared the suspect deceased at the scene. Detectives recovered a handgun from inside the stolen vehicle.
Per SPD policy, designed in collaboration with the Federal Department of Justice, detectives were joined on scene with representatives from the Office of Police Accountability. Also per SPD policy, the officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.
Police say this information contained in the statement about the shooting is “preliminary and subject to change as the investigation proceeds.”