Seattle Police detectives are investigating after two Washington State troopers shot and wounded man armed with a knife. SPD is conducting this investigation at the request of the Washington State Patrol.
Just before 7 p.m., the Washington State Patrol received multiple calls of a man who had parked his truck across two lanes of south bound I-5 and then set his truck on fire.
Two Washington State troopers and a Washington State DOT Incident Response employee arrived on scene quickly. One of the troopers and the WSDOT employee began to extinguish the flames while the second trooper contacted the suspect.
The suspect displayed a knife and advanced on the trooper. The trooper used his Taser but this failed to subdue the suspect. The armed suspect continued to advance. Both troopers fired their duty handguns, striking the suspect and stopping him.
Seattle Fire medics transported the suspect to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of life threatening injuries.
Detectives shut down all south bound lanes on I-5 just north of the Ship Canal bridge in order to process the crime scene and search for evidence. Traffic has been diverted to the Express Lanes.
This information is preliminary and subject to change as the investigation proceeds.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to call the Seattle Police Homicide Unit at 206 684-5550.