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2 officers shot responding to robbery in Seattle

21 April 2017

One officer is listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Two Seattle police officers sustained minor injuries following a shooting Thursday afternoon in downtown Seattle.

The incident occurred around 1:25 p.m. according to the Seattle Times.

Police have two suspects in custody, one with significant injuries, according to police. Two suspects have been found and there may be a third suspect on the loose.

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A Seattle Police vehicle turns near the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Seattle police are searching for possible third suspect.

The wounded officers, a man and a woman, have been taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

Brad Clough of The Bicycle Repair Shop said he saw 30 to 40 officers in the area.

One female officer was shot in the chest, but the bullet was stopped by her bulletproof vest. The male officer was shot in the chin and the rib cage, according to Deputy Police Chief Carmen Best.

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The Seattle Police Foundation had said earlier that the officers were "alert and OK". "Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families".

The shooting, which appears to have followed a robbery, prompted road closures in the four-block area centered on First Avenue and Madison Street downtown.

A third suspect fired at the officers and the officers fired back, Best said. One of the officers was fighting with a suspect on the ground when a female suspect hit the officer over the head with a bottle. The suspects then fled. She is in satisfactory condition. A clerk chased them out and police apparently arrived a short time later.

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2 officers shot responding to robbery in Seattle