Tukwila Police shoot burglary suspect; second suspect flees but later caught
By STEVE HUNTER
Tukwila Reporter Reporter
February 11, 2011 · Updated 5:33 PM
Tukwila Police shot and wounded a burglary suspect at about 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10 in the 12100 block of East Marginal Way South. A second suspect fled on foot but police caught him about three hours later hiding in a warehouse.
The 20-year-old Seattle man who was shot remained Feb. 11 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to a Tukwila Police media release.
"We are not at liberty to release details about his injuries," police said in the release.
Two Tukwila officers are on administrative leave for discharging their weapons.
The officers fired shots at a late-model, gray Chevrolet Impala that carried two men fleeing from a reported burglary in progress at a home in the 11600 block of Interurban Avenue South, said Mike Murphy, Tukwila Police spokesman. A resident called 911 at about 11:20 a.m. to report the burglary.
Several shots hit the car's windshield, hood and roof and at least one shot hit the driver. Paramedics transported the driver to Harborview Medical Center.
Officers fired the shots after the vehicle had hit an officer. One of the officers who fired shots was the same officer hit by the car. Paramedics treated the officer at the scene for minor injuries after being hit by the car.
"The officer is OK," Murphy said.
After the shots were fired, the driver crashed the car up on a curb and into a fence. The second suspect fled on foot.
Officers from Tukwila, Seattle, King County, Renton and Federal Way assisted with the search for the man, who was found about 3 1/2 hours after he fled.
"We found him hiding under an air conditioner unit about 300 yards from where he ran from," Murphy said. "He was not armed and did not resist."
Tukwila Police arrested the 20-year-old Seattle man for investigation of burglary.
Police continued to search the area after the arrest to see whether the man might have dropped a weapon or any other items.
Federal Way Police will investigate the shooting. Tukwila has an agreement with neighboring police agencies to investigate any shooting by its officers.
Tukwila Police did not release any information about the ages of the officers or how long they had worked in Tukwila.
"The investigation is ongoing and we will not discuss details of the case until it is complete," according to the release.
Police set up a search perimeter from Interurban Avenue South west to Tukwila International Boulevard and between South 115th Street and South 130th Street.Contact Tukwila Reporter Reporter Steve Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-872-6600, ext. 5052.