Suspect shot after hostage-taking at Lakewood credit union

LAKEWOOD, Wash. - A man armed with a gun was shot by police Saturday after he took hostages during a tense standoff at a Lakewood credit union, officials said.

Police rushed to the scene, the Washington State Employees Credit Union branch at 9540 Bridgeport Way Southwest, at about 12:15 p.m. after receiving a report of a man with a weapon inside, said Lt. Jeff Alwine of the Lakewood police.

Armed officers and a SWAT team surrounded the credit union and could see an armed man inside the credit union with several employees and customers he had taken hostage.

As officers monitored the tense situation inside the credit union, they ordered everyone in the streets around the area to leave. Customers at a Bank of America branch across the street also were escorted out by police who used shields to protect them.

Sometime later, the suspect showed himself to police as he held a hostage. Fearing that hostage and others were in imminent danger, a SWAT team officer shot and injured the suspect, and he went down. The hostage was not hurt.

The suspect was then rushed to a local hospital. His condition was not known.

Alwine said the incident apparently began as a domestic violence incident involving the suspect and a woman who was inside the credit union.


This is a developing news story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.