Five people were shot dead at an apartment complex in a city south of Seattle, including an individual who was killed by arriving police officers, a department official said early April 22, 2013.
Police officers arriving Sunday evening at apartments in Federal Way encountered a dangerous scene, with gunshots being fired.
They found two bleeding men when they initially came upon the scene. One of the men grabbed for a weapon as officers moved in to assist the seriously hurt people, she said.
Officers responded by drawing their weapons and started shooting back. The suspect died however the department commented that it wasn’t promptly clear if it was from their gun shots.
The additional person on the parking lot asphalt and another man in the parking lot were found already dead.
While going through the apartment complex, police discovered another dead man in one apartment and a shot-to-death woman in another residence. Police are looking into whether the woman washit with a stray bullet.
A total of eight officers used their weapons, Schrock said. Every one of them has been put on temporary suspension, due to standard policy, as the investigation goes forward.
There was still no idea of what set off the gunfight. Police will release more information to the press sometime early on Monday. “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 early on Monday.
Officers carried out a meticulous search of the complex and are positive there were no more deaths from the gunfight.
After the search they also concluded there weren’t any more shooters on the loose.
All officers made it out without injury. The department has yet to release the names of those killed.
Federal Way is about 20 miles south of Seattle Seattle Shooting