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Metro bus driver shot; suspect killed by police

SEATTLE — A Metro bus driver reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries after he was shot twice by a passenger Monday morning in downtown Seattle.

The shooting took place shortly after 8:45 a.m. on Route 27. According to assistant Seattle Police Chief Paul McDonagh, the suspect boarded a crowded bus on 3rd Avenue and Union Street at Benaroya Hall and opened fire on the 64-year-old male bus driver at a short range for an unknown reason. Police said the suspect stayed on the bus for a short period of time after the shooting before fleeing southbound on University Street.

McDonagh said the suspect — who is in his 30s or 40s — opened fire on a patrol officer as he was running, but missed the officer. He then ran on to a second bus with about 15 passengers on board; the driver and some passengers evacuated the bus. Police opened fire on the suspect when he got on the bus. He sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

The bus driver was also taken to Harborview and was awake and talking, police said. At least two people on the second bus were injured, but McDonagh said the injuries were not caused by gunfire. A 32-year-old Seattle police officer was reported to have suffered minor injuries believed to have been caused by flying glass from the bus. He was also taken to Harborview. Another officer in his 50s was taken to Harborview for treatment of a medical condition.

McDonagh said he believes the police officers did the right thing when they shot at the suspect on the second bus. “These officers are trained to make life and death decisions,” he said.

A witness at the scene who did not want to be identified reported seeing the suspect running with a gun and being pursued by police. She said when they turned the corner, there “were a bunch of gunshots.” She said the suspect was put into an ambulance while CPR was being administered. Another witness reported that the suspect repeatedly yelled “war” while running away.

Marine Kleven, another witness at the scene, said that eight police cars arrived on the scene and that people in the area fled as the incident unfolded.

Here is video of the scene from Vine user GrazCore:  https://vine.co/v/hMuEOB2mjLu 

Seattle police said all streets within a 3-block radius of 2nd Avenue and Senaca Street will be closed to traffic for at least eight hours. Downtown workers who work in the affected area must show their ID to police officers and ask to pass through to their office.

“Please realize it will take time to investigate,” McDonagh said.

The Seattle Times reported that the bus driver has been working with Metro since 1999.

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11 Comments to “Metro bus driver shot; suspect killed by police”

    Skip said:
    August 12, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    The next mayor of Seattle needs to clean-up the downtown area. Too many thugs and aimless people wandering and loitering.

    joe said:
    August 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Another puke with a tiny criminal mind.

    RIP said:
    August 12, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Arguing over the fare?

    GarbageCollector said:
    August 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    No fatalities? What a lame azz story.

    John Fuller said:
    August 12, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Seattle is becoming more and more dangerous… There is too much support for people that don't want to work and this is why there are so many homeless and mentally disturbed people walking the streets. This is not the case in Texas. If you don't want work, you don't eat… Out here you don't have to work because there is plenty of free food for lazy bums that don't want to work… You think that you're doing a good thing by feeding the lazy and shiftless? Welcome to Crime City.

      Michael Eggnog said:
      August 14, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      Texas is a lot more dangerous than washington and some lazy desparate psycho who can't find food or a real job is more dangerous than one who is fed.

    normalguyroger said:
    August 13, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Nice job by the police. Maybe when a few more criminals like this get killed rather than put in jail for five years there will be less violence.

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