A gun fight erupted at an apartment complex south of Seattle and five people were shot to death, involving a participant who was shot by arriving police, a department official told reporters early Monday.
Sunday evening police officers responded to an emergency call in Federal Way. When they arrived the scene was tumultuous, with bullets flying.
As they arrived the responding officers spotted bleeding men in the parking lot. One of the men tried to reach for a weapon as police tried to assist the seriously hurt people, she said.
This is when officers engaged in firing their weapons. The suspect ended up dead although the department stated it wasn’t clear right away if it was from their gun shots.
Two other people were discovered dead on the ground.
During an investigation of the complex, police discovered another dead man in one residence and a slain woman in another residence. Police are investigating whether the woman washit with a stray bullet.
Eight officers used their weapons, Schrock said. Every one of them has been put on administrative suspension, due to standard policy, as the investigation progresses.
Investigators are still unsure of the cause of the gunfight. The police department scheduled a briefing for sometime later today. “We still don’t have any idea what started this disturbance tonight,” Schrock said. The police said the police are still investigating and have scheduled a briefing for sometime later today.
Police checked the entire area, police told reporters they were positive there were no more casualties from the gunfight or any more shooters on the loose.
There were no reports of any officers being injured. The identities of the five people killed were not immediately available.
Federal Way is a southern suburb of Seattle Dennis Clark III