Seattle Police Force Investigation Team (FIT) detectives are investigating following a fatal officer-involved shooting early Monday morning in the Ravenna neighborhood.
At approximately 4:20 a.m., officers responded to the 6000 block of 34th Avenue NE for a report of a car prowl in progress. When officers arrived, they observed the adult male suspect inside a parked car.
The suspect fled on foot and officers gave chase. During the foot pursuit, the suspect fired a handgun at the officers. One officer returned fire. None of the officers were injured and the suspect continued to flee.
Additional officers and a K9 team responded to the area and began actively searching for the suspect.
The suspect broke into a home in the 6000 block of 27th Avenue NE and stole a vehicle from the residents at gunpoint. There were no reports of injuries during this robbery.
The suspect fled in the stolen vehicle before crashing it near NE 55 Street and 26th Avenue NE.
Officers attempted to take the suspect into custody at the collision scene.
During the encounter, one officer fired, striking the suspect.
Several officers provided first aid to the wounded suspect. Seattle Fire Department responded and declared the suspect deceased at the scene. Detectives recovered a handgun from inside the stolen vehicle.
FIT, Crime Scene Investigations (CSI), Robbery and Homicide detectives all responded to the scene.
Per SPD policy, designed in collaboration with the Department of Justice, detectives were joined on scene with representatives from the Office of Police Accountability. Also per SPD policy, the officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.
This information is preliminary and subject to change as the investigation proceeds.