One police officer was fatally shot and an additional was wounded immediately after a traffic quit turned into a motor vehicle chase in Washington condition Monday night time, in accordance to authorities.
Capt. Mike Johnson of the Bothell Law enforcement Department confirmed the deadly capturing during a press meeting early on Tuesday. He explained the other officer has been strike and is at Harborview [Medical Center] getting addressed.
“This is uncharted territory for us,” Johnson explained, in accordance to the Seattle Occasions. “This is going to be a tough few of times for our group.”
Johnson extra the suspect is nevertheless at substantial and deemed “armed and harmful.” He was past observed by a witness holding a handgun.
The incident transpired about 9:40 p.m. in Bothell, Seattle’s KIRO-Tv set documented. The suspect led law enforcement on a temporary pursuit subsequent the attempted traffic prevent, in advance of he bought out of the auto and fled on foot. A big law enforcement presence involving multiple K-9 units, and a helicopter are now browsing the metropolis for the suspect, according to the station.
Streets in downtown Bothell were blocked off by several legislation enforcement agencies, with a law enforcement perimeter predicted to continue during the night “as lengthy as we consider that there is feasible facts that the human being could nevertheless be in the region,” Johnson claimed.
He told the general public to “stay home, lock your doorways, and if you see one thing, say something,” in accordance to the paper.
Hearth officers previously wrote that two officers ended up down after a pursuit in Bothell, with at minimum a person affected person transported to an spot hospital.
The suspect is described as a Black male with an Afro hairstyle, Johnson mentioned. He was final observed putting on a gray tank leading and saggy sweatpants.
In a tweet, Bothell Councilman Mason Thompson stated he was “heartbroken” about the incident.
“My prayers are with the officers who have been shot and their households,” Thompson mentioned.
Earlier in the evening, 6 people ended up shot close to a Metro bus end in Kent, found approximately 30 miles south of Bothell. At minimum five of the victims are at the moment at the identical medical center as the wounded officer, with two in essential ailment and 3 in serious ailment. The sixth sufferer was launched from the scene with a minimal injury.
The victims are amongst the ages of 16 to 49 and the incident does not seem to be random, police reported.
“At this time, there are 3 people currently being detained by Kent PD who are getting questioned, it is unidentified if they are suspects or their amount of involvement, the Kent Law enforcement Section wrote on Facebook.
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