Seattle police officers shot responding to robbery

Seattle police officers shot responding to robbery

Three Seattle police officers were shot after a downtown 7-Eleven robbery ended in gunfire on Thursday - and a teenage suspect is dead while two others are in custody, officials said.

The officers have not been named but the female officer is 42 years old and the male officer is 30. The male officer, 30, is in critical condition. The male officer's injuries are considered life-threatening.

One of the two suspects contained has "significant injuries", according to police.

Police are advising people to stay out of the area near Madison Street and Western Ave in downtown Seattle. The suspects, two males and one female, then fled.

Police later said the man was found dead inside the building. The third officer, a 27-year veteran, suffered a hand injury in the shootout and was later released. The officers, a man and a woman, were taken to Harborview Medical Center as police scoured the area for suspects.

This is the first time a Seattle police officer has been shot since 2009.

Two suspects were in custody and one remained at large shortly after the shooting. A third officer was grazed by a bullet and a fourth officer was hit in the head.

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Authorities are investigating and police said the officers who fired their guns would be placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard practice.

The incident unfolded Thursday afternoon with a reported armed robbery at the convenience store.

"We've got the doors locked, and the cops are all around us", she said.

"We are very grateful that our officers are in as good of condition as they are. When we walk out front, there's a guy standing out front who points at us and tells us to go back".

Brad Clough, who works at a bicycle fix shop in the area, said he heard sirens and saw at least several dozen police officers converge on the scene. According to the Seattle Police Foundation, both injured officers appear to be "alert and OK".

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