Sara Jean Green
The Seattle Times
A 25-year-old man was injured in an officer-involved shooting in Belltown on Wednesday afternoon during a narcotics operation, according to Seattle police.
The man was shot by Seattle police and the King County Sheriff’s Office near Third Avenue and Blanchard Street, after police said they attempted to arrest him, approached the vehicle he was in and saw a gun.
The suspect was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
“No officers or deputies were injured during this encounter,” the Seattle Police Department tweeted.
Police spokesperson Detective Patrick Michaud said in a news conference that the suspect who was shot rammed a patrol car. Four officers fired their weapons, two were Seattle police, and two were deputies with the Sheriff’s Office, after approaching the vehicle, he said.
Michaud said the officers fired after they saw a firearm.
Third Avenue was blocked to traffic between Lenora Street and Bell Street, and Blanchard was blocked between Second and Third avenues.
King County Metro said buses were being rerouted and warned commuters to expect service delays downtown. Buses were being rerouted off Third between Wall Street and Virginia Street, and off Blanchard Street west of Fifth Avenue.
A witness at the scene said he was in his seventh-floor apartment on the corner of Second and Blanchard when he heard gunshots.
“I heard six rounds, a pause, and then eight more rounds,” said Leo, the witness, who declined to give his last name.
He stumbled out of bed and fumbled with his phone, hitting record just after the last shot was fired. He also heard officers yell for the suspect to show his hands.
“They had a stack of police officers around the corner, and they pulled him out of the car. I don’t think he was too badly hurt,” Leo said. “He didn’t have a shirt on, and they gave him a raincoat.”
Wednesday’s shooting was the second of three shootings in the downtown area in 24 hours. A man was shot and killed at Westlake Center on Tuesday afternoon and several people were injured in a shooting later on Wednesday near Fourth Avenue and Pine Street.
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