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1 suspect dead, two in custody after shooting in downtown Seattle

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SEATTLE -- Seattle police announced Thursday night that they had taken another suspect into custody after a shooting in which two police officers were shot and wounded.

One suspect in the shooting near Madison Street and Western Avenue was killed, and a second suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, which occurred at about 1:30 p.m., Deputy Police Chief Carmen Best said. Police later announced that a third suspect was taken into custody shortly after 6 p.m.


Best said officers received calls of robbery in progress at the 7-Eleven in the 600 block of 1st Avenue shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday. Suspects fled the scene and were contacted by officers about a block away.

A fight ensued, Best said, and one officer was hit in the head with a bottle. Police and the suspects exchanged gunfire.

Condition of the officers

One male officer, 30, and one female officer, 42, were taken to Harborview Medical Center, according to Seattle police.

The male officer was shot in the chin and chest and is in "serious but stable condition," a hospital spokesman said. The female officer was struck in the chest, but she was wearing a bulletproof vest, and was listed in satisfactory condition and "doing quite well," he added.

A viewer captured the moment officers carried their fellow officer from a building.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said he met with both wounded police officers.

"Their attitude was great, they were both smiling, they are speaking, they are with family," Murray said.

No further details were immediately available. Police said they would provide more details as soon as possible.

Authorities asked the public to stay out of the area during the investigation. A number of roadways around the shooting were closed, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.