Seattle, WA – A suspect armed with a rifle was fatally shot by Seattle police after he allegedly rammed his vehicle into a federal building on Saturday night.
The incident began at approximately 8:10 p.m. on March 5, when the Seattle Police Department (SPD) began receiving 911 calls reporting gunfire in both the 100-block of Marion Street and in the area of Yesler Street and 1 Avenue, the SPD said in a press release later in the night.
When officers arrived in the 100-block of Marion Street, they discovered a suspect had crashed his vehicle into the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, according to The Seattle Times.
Police said the gunman was still carrying a rifle when they attempted to make contact with him, according to the SPD.
The officers ultimately opened fire, striking the suspect.
The series of events leading to the shooting are still under investigation, according to the SPD.
Officers responding to a report of shots fired in the 100 block of Marion St. At least one officer fired at a possible suspect. Details are still coming in and will be clarified as we get them.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) March 6, 2022
Police and emergency medical personnel delivered medical aid to the suspect, but he succumbed to his wounds at the scene.
His identity wasn’t immediately released.
The SPD said it will release video footage of the incident within 72 hours, as per policy.
Short video last night at the scene of the officer involved shooting pic.twitter.com/MoUlnto5GF
— Seattle Homicide (@HomicideSeattle) March 6, 2022
Employees at the Bar Taglio restaurant ushered patrons away from the windows after spotting the armed suspect outside and hearing multiple loud booms, a KING employee who happened to be at the restaurant said.
Some customers were escorted to the center of the building, while others were taken to the basement, KING reported.
Police said they did not receive any reports of injuries.
— Mo Haider (@KOMOhaider) March 6, 2022
SPD Assistant Chief Thomas Mahaffey said the department has been working to combat the violent crime surge that has been taking place in Seattle.
“We staff extra patrols on Friday and Saturday nights because of nightlife downtown, but it’s something we’re all having to deal with,” Assistant Chief Mahaffey told KING, referring to the crime spike.
“There’s a lot of gun violence going on right now and we’re trying to manage it the best we can,” he said.
1st and Marion…I was told it was an officer involved shooting. Seattle crime continues… pic.twitter.com/VLG5ENXoW4
— Jocelyn 🇺🇸 (@jahjahjaw) March 6, 2022
Representatives from the Office of the Inspector General and the Office of Police Accountability responded to the scene of the shooting, according to the SPD.
The Force Investigation Team has also opened an investigation into the fatal officer-involved shooting.