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Two officers involved in downtown shootout identified

Apr 21, 2017, 10:15 AM | Updated: Dec 19, 2017, 5:26 pm

The suspect's handgun taken from the scene of a shooting in downtown Seattle April 20, 2017. (Seattle Police Department) The vest worn by officer Elizabeth Kennedy. She was struck by a bullet which was stopped by the vest. (Seattle Police Department) The vest worn by officer Elizabeth Kennedy. She was struck by a bullet which was stopped by the vest. (Seattle Police Department) 
              A Seattle police officer carries a rifle as he runs near the scene where two police officers were shot responding to a robbery downtown Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
            
              A Seattle police officer, right, puts an arm around the wife of another officer as they walk near the emergency entrance while helping provide food and other supplies to other officers at Harborview Medical Center, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Seattle. Several officers were shot while responding to a robbery in Saattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
            
              Seattle Deputy Chief Carmen Best, left, embraces Seattle Mayor Ed Murray near the emergency entrance of Harborview Medical Center after speaking with media members about two police officers shot earlier Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Seattle. Seattle police say one suspect has significant injuries and another has been taken in to custody after two police officers were shot responding to a robbery downtown. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
            
              Seattle Police crime scene investigators take measurements near the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              A Seattle police officer watches with his gun drawn near the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
            
              A Seattle police officer sits with his hands on his knees near the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
            
              Deputy Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best briefs reporters near the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, right, talks with Deputy Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, center, and Captain Deanna Nollette, acting chief of investigations, second from left, after briefing reporters near the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              A King County Sheriff's Deputy carries a gun as he runs near the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Seattle Police officers walk with guns near the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              A police officer carrying a rifle runs past a downtown building and near the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
            
              Police officers crowd a street adjacent to the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
            A Seattle Police SWAT vehicle drives near the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (AP) A Seattle firefighter walks near the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) A K-9 unit stands near the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) A Seattle Police vehicle turns near the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Dep. Chief Carmen Best briefs the media in front of Mayor Ed Murray and Sgt. Sean Whitcomb after two police officers were shot while responding to a robbery in downtown Seattle. (KIRO 7) Seattle police respond to a scene around Western Avenue and Madison Street after two officers were shot in a robbery response. (KIRO 7) (PacketFox802 via Twitter) (KIRO 7) Seattle police respond to a scene around Western Avenue and Madison Street after two officers were shot in a robbery response. (KIRO 7) Police block off an area around Madison Street and Western Avenue.  (Josh Kerns, KIRO 7) Seattle police respond to a scene around Western Avenue and Madison Street after two officers were shot in a robbery response. (KIRO 7) Seattle police respond to a scene around Western Avenue and Madison Street after two officers were shot in a robbery response. (KIRO 7) Seattle police block traffic to an area around Western Avenue and Madison Street while they track a suspect. Two officers were shot in a robbery response. (KIRO 7) Seattle police respond to a scene around Western Avenue and Madison Street after two officers were shot in a robbery response. (KIRO 7) Seattle police respond to a scene around Western Avenue and Madison Street after two officers were shot in a robbery response. (KIRO 7) Seattle police respond to a scene around Western Avenue and Madison Street after two officers were shot in a robbery response. (KIRO 7) Dep. Chief Carmen Best briefs the media after two police officers were shot while responding to a robbery in downtown Seattle. (KIRO 7)

The Seattle police officer shot in the face during a confrontation with a suspected armed robber Thursday afternoon in downtown remains in the hospital.

Deputy Chief Carmen Best says the officer’s condition has improved.

“We are very grateful did this not turn out worse,” she said. “The officer remains in stable condition. When he was transported his condition was a lot worse than that.”

Early Friday morning, KIRO 7 reports, more than a half-dozen officers were at Harborview Medical Center to support the 30-year-old officer, who has been identified by The Seattle Times as Hudson Kang.

A total of four Seattle officers were injured while responding to the robbery, including Kang and Elizabeth Kennedy, 42, who was shot in the chest but saved by her Kevlar vest. Another officer was “grazed” by a bullet.

One suspect died after the encounter.

Two other suspects were taken into custody.

Suspects encounter police

Seattle police responded to a report of an armed robbery at a downtown 7-Eleven in the 600 block of 1st Avenue at 1:18 p.m. A witness told the Seattle Times that the suspects attempted to steal chips, soda, and a case of Heineken from the store.

After the suspects allegedly robbed the store at gunpoint, they fled and encountered police a block away. A hand-to-hand fight broke out between a responding officer and a 19-year-old male suspect who was armed with a handgun. During the fight, a 17-year-old female suspect hit the officer over the head with a bottle.

The male suspect then ran to the entryway of a nearby office building where he fired at police. Officers fired back. The suspect then went inside the building at Madison Street and Western Avenue, barricading himself inside. Employees inside the building were instructed to shelter-in-place. Police blocked off several streets around the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building.

KIRO Radio’s Josh Kerns was at the scene and said that he heard a loud explosion in the building, likely a flashbang, and then saw several medics rushing to that scene.

“There are dozens and dozens of Seattle police,” Kerns reported. “Very tense, there are guns drawn … Major, major response. Unlike anything I’ve seen in some time.”

A SWAT unit eventually entered the building and found the male suspect dead inside. While officers did shoot at the suspect earlier, it is unclear exactly how he died. The King County Medical Examiner will make that determination.

The female suspect was apprehended nearby, shortly after the male was found. After interviewing her, a second 19-year-old male suspect was identified. He was taken into custody around 6 p.m.

Injured Seattle police officers

A police spokesperson said that Kennedy was released from Harborview Medical Center after being treated on Thursday. She is a three-year veteran of the force.

Kang was shot in the face and ribs and was in serious, but stable condition Thursday night. He is a three-year veteran of the force.

A bullet grazed the hand of another officer. He is a 27-year veteran of the police department.

A fourth officer was treated at the scene after a bottle was broken over his head.

The officers who fired their weapons during the incident will be placed on administrative leave while an investigation continues.

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