Suspected robber shot by Federal Way police after opening fire on officers


    Federal Way Police investigating officer-involved shooting (KOMO photo)

    On Thursday, Federal Way Police shot one man during a traffic stop after a reported robbery at the Macy’s at Commons Mall in Federal Way.

    Just after 4:30 p.m., police pulled over a purple minivan on the 1800 block of South 333rd Street in Federal Way.

    A 27-year-old man stepped out of the van with a gun and opened fire at Federal Way police, according to Cmdr. Kurt Schwan with the Federal Way Police Department.

    Schwan said it was then that three officers returned fire, hitting the man. The officers performed aid until medics arrived.

    Multiple witnesses also told KOMO News the 27-year-old shot first.

    “He came out with a gun, and it was that quick,” said Larry Jensen, who saw the shooting from his balcony. “Few minutes later, the dude gets up that got shot, went to the car, then they took him out again, shot him again.”

    The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where on Thursday evening a spokesperson said he remains in critical condition.

    Witnesses say a second man was arrested. Police say they recovered a firearm on scene.

    The shooting is under investigation by the Valley Investigation Team, a regional task force.

    The three officers were placed on Administrative leave, per policy during officer-involved shootings.

    None of the officers were injured.

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