Seattle Police says officers have shot and killed a bank robbery suspect they believe was armed with a knife. (KIRO Radio/Tim Haeck)

Seattle police: Officers shoot, kill armed bank robbery suspect disguised as woman

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Seattle police officers have shot and killed a bank robbery suspect they say was armed with a knife.

The man, wearing a lot of makeup, women's clothing, and a brunette wig, walked into a Wells Fargo near E. Madison Street and McGilvra Blvd. Thursday morning and demanded money from a teller, according to police.

He fled, possibly with a rolling suitcase, and jumped into a silver car. Police say 10 minutes later they received a report that a silver Hyundai had crashed and flipped over near 39th Avenue and E. John Street. The man was seen taking off with a rolling suitcase.

Police found the man's clothing used in the bank robbery near the scene of the crash. They closed off streets near 39th and John.

More than two hours later, as police searched, they received a tip and a neighbor called 911. The suspect was found in the 100 block of 39th Ave E. Shots were fired around 11:30 a.m.

"He presented a threat to the first detective that encountered him and the detective was forced to fire his weapon," explained Detective Mark Jamieson.

The nearby Bush School was placed in lockdown for about two hours.

Stephanie Klein, Editor
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