Person shot by law enforcement in Snohomish County Safeway parking lot

An independent agency is investigating after a person was shot by law enforcement in Snohomish County. 

According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded to the Safeway at 17520 State Route 9 just before 3 p.m. for reports of multiple shots fired. 

When deputies arrived, they learned that the Valley SWAT team out of King County was conducting surveillance at a nearby residence for a murder suspect. 

The SWAT team followed the suspect from a home to the parking lot, according to SMART public information officer Courtney O'Keefe. When the suspect left his car to use an ATM, the SWAT team pulled in behind him. The suspect got back into his car and began ramming his vehicle forward and backward into the SWAT cars and another vehicle.

At that time, three SWAT members fired their weapon at the suspect. Two of the involved officers are employed by the Kent Police Department and one is employed by the Federal Way Police Department.

The suspect was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. 

No one else was injured in the shooting. 

Two others were in the car with the suspect during the incident. Both were uninjured and were not arrested. 

The SMART team will be investigating the officer-involved shooting. The team consists of Snohomish County law enforcement agencies, Washington State patrol and community members who respond to and investigate police use-of-force. 

More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

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