Woman fatally stabbed, suspect killed by SPD officers in Northgate


    Police investigate a fatal stabbing at a Northgate apartment (KOMO Photo)

    SEATTLE -- A woman was murdered Thursday morning and the suspected killer has been fatally shot by Seattle Police officers, investigators said.

    Police received a frantic 911 call around 3:20 a.m. with people yelling in the background in what appeared to be some sort of domestic disturbance at a Northgate apartment complex, said Deputy Chief Mark Garthgreen with Seattle Police. However, there was a language barrier making it difficult for dispatchers to originally determine what was happening and which exact apartment to go, Garthgreen said.

    Dispatchers quickly summoned a translator and went back over the 911 recording to figure out which apartment the incident was occurring and sent officers to the 10500 block of Midvale Ave. N.

    "Officers made entry into apartment, and found an obviously deceased woman as they made entry into the apartment," Garthgreen said. "(They) continued into the apartment, where they located two adults and two children in a different room hiding. As (officers) were getting them safe, they encountered a suspect armed with a knife."

    Two officers opened fire, and the suspect was killed. Officers then got the other two adults and kids safely out of the house.

    Garthgreen said the woman died from stab wounds.

    Investigators are still trying to piece together what led up to the stabbing and what relation, if any, the attacker, victim, and those in the apartment had.

    Updates to follow as more details become available.

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