Corrections officer shoots escaped murder suspect near downtown Seattle
SEATTLE - A murder suspect who escaped Wednesday from a Harborview Medical Center ward was shot and wounded near downtown Seattle by a corrections officer who chased after the suspect.
“We were watching through the window in the morning and I just happened to see all of it go down,” said Keanna Redman who lives near the scene of the shooting.
The incident unfolded at around 10:15 a.m. after the suspect, who is accused of shooting an 18-year-old woman and leaving her to die on a Kent trail last month, was brought from the King County Jail to Harborview for treatment of an undisclosed ailment.
“You have a person who is suspected of a very brutal homicide,” said Asst. Chief Marc Garthgreen who is with the Seattle Police Department. “For that person to then escape, we don’t know what that person would then do to someone else. The danger to the public is extremely high in an incident like this.”
During his treatment, the 19-year-old suspect managed to escape and fled from the hospital on foot, said Assistant Seattle Police Chief Mark Garth Green.
“He continued to run and that’s when the officer opened fire,” said Garthgreen.
Jail officers chased after the suspect and caught up with him a few blocks away. Shots were fired by the jail officers during the foot chase, and the suspect was struck by one bullet near 8th Avenue and Yesler Way.
The suspect survived the shooting and was taken back to Harborview Medical Center for emergency care. His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.
No officers were injured during Wednesday's chase.