We’re still gathering details at this time, but a carjacking in another part of Seattle developed into a pursuit including shots fired from the fleeing vehicle in our area. We have numerous reports from residents of gunfire heard in the vicinity of 35th Ave NE between NE 75 and 65th Sts.
The suspect was taken into custody near NE 65th St and 35th Ave NE just after 2:00pm, and believed to be injured in the process.
Updates to follow.
UPDATE (2:18pm): We’re hearing of multiple motor vehicle collision scenes up and down 35th Ave NE. Recommend using 25th and 40th Aves NE for north-south travel through the area. Place to AVOID is 35th Ave NE between NE 65th and 75th Sts.
UPDATE (2:25pm): Here now some tweets from residents during the pursuit:
— seveneast (@rickjbarry) December 6, 2015
— John Scrofano (@johnscrofano) December 6, 2015
— Rachel FaberMachacha (@Rachel_F_M) December 6, 2015
@RavennaBlog We had just set up Xmas tree, heard carjacker shots. Hustled family to bdrm. Hoping nobody was hit. We’re 75th & 33rd area.
— Frank Field (@Frank_Field) December 6, 2015
— Ken Lambert (@SeaTimesFotoKen) December 6, 2015
UPDATE (2:34pm): Residents started reporting hearing Seattle Police sirens around 1:30pm.
We know of three SPD vehicles smashed up during the pursuit, trying to stop the fleeing carjacked vehicle: NE 45th St and Roosevelt Way NE, on 35th Ave NE near NE 70th St, and another on NE 68th St at 38th Ave NE.
UPDATE (4:33pm): The Seattle Police Department Blotter has the timeline up now. In total, two cars stolen at gunpoint in two different locations, multiple shots fired, at least three SPD vehicles with major damage, several officers and uninvolved motorists invited in collisions, and one dead suspect.
Today’s incident began around 12:30 PM when the suspect entered a downtown coffee shop armed with a handgun, leading employees to call police.
The man then fled to a tattoo parlor at 2nd Avenue and Lenora Street leading to another 911 call. After leaving the shop, the suspect reportedly stole a red Volkswagen at gunpoint and drove to the Montlake area. There, the armed suspect reportedly stole a second vehicle.
Officers began pursuing the suspect in Montlake, where they reported coming under fire from the fleeing suspect.
The man then drove onto westbound 520 and northbound onto Interstate 5 before exiting in the Ravenna neighborhood.
The suspect fired at officers at Northeast 68th Street and 35th Avenue NE. Officers returned fire, fatally wounding the man. He is believed to be a white male in his 30s.