Two Bremerton Police Officers Shot
Suspect involved in police shootout, dead
December 17, 2017
Update Monday 12/18: Police say one of the officers, a 25 year veteran with the police department, was shot twice and hit in the stomach below his bulletproof vest. The other officer was hit with grazing bullet that injured his hip area. He was a released from the hospital Sunday morning.
Update Sunday 12/17: At 10:40 am Sunday morning Bremerton Police released the following short statement about the two officers wounded in a parking lot gun battle Saturday:
"Good news: one officer now out of surgery with at least two rounds to abdomen and recovering; the other will be released today. Thank you for your good wishes - the men and women of Bremerton PD."
KOMO-TV in Seattle reported that, according to Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan an accurate description of the gun battle that occurred in that parking lot would be a "firefight."
Strachan said the suspect that was killed emerged from his SUV "with pistols in each hand, shooting at the officers, according to the TV station report.
End update. Original story is below.
(BREMERTON) -- At 3:54 am Sunday morning came the short statement from Bremerton Police: "Two BPD Officers are hospitalized with gunshot wounds after a 53 year old Bremerton man fired numerous shots at the officers. The officers returned fire and the suspect has been declared deceased at the scene. Incident occurred at Lebo-Hefner. No further info at this time."
Since then, more about the shooting has been learned.
Both officers were taken to Harrison Hospital, but early Sunday morning their conditions were not known.
KOMO-TV in Seattle reported the gunfight started around 1:15 am in a parking lot at Lions Park in the city and was the result of officers approaching the man - who was reportedly in the front seat of an SUV - on a domestic violence protection order issue.
The TV station reported that the Kitsap Critical Incident Response Team (KCIRT) has been activated to investigate the shooting.
That team is made up of various law enforcement agencies in the area including local police departments and the Washington State Patrol.