Man killed in shootout with police following carjacking and chase

SEATTLE - A man was killed in a shootout with police after he allegedly stole two vehicles at gunpoint in separate incidents in Belltown and Montlake neighborhoods, Seattle police reported.

The male suspect entered a dowtown coffee shop around 12:30 p.m. Sunday armed with a handgun, police said.

Employees called police and the man fled to a nearby tattoo parlor at 2nd Avenue and Lenora Street.  The suspect  then reportedly carjacked a red Volkswagen at gunpoint and drove to the Montlake area when he stole another vehicle, police said.

SPD officers responded and started to pursue the stolen vehicle when they reported coming under gunfire from the fleeing suspect.

The suspect drove onto westbound 520 and north onto Interstate 5, before exiting into the Ravenna neighborhood, police said.

The suspect reportedly fired more shots at officers at 35th Avenue NE and NE 68th Street.   Officers returned fire, fatally wounding the man, police said.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s.

As many as 11 officers are currently believed to have exchanged gunfire with the suspect at two separate locations during today’s pursuit.  All officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave per department policy, police said.

Several officers and uninvolved motorists were treated for non-life-threatening injuries sustained in collisions during the incident.

At this time, police are not looking for any additional suspects in the case.

The incident remains under investigation and information contained in this post is subject to change.


At least two Seattle Police vehicles were hit during the chase, including a cruiser near Gas Works Park.

Officers, with guns drawn, subdued the suspect on 7400 block of 35th Avenue Northeast near Sandpoint.

Several blocks in the area remain closed while the investigation continues.

This is a developing story and will be updated.