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Seattle police fatally shoot Interbay murder suspect in Belltown

Crime scene at the corner of Seattle's 4th Avenue and Cedar Street.
Erin Hennessey
Crime scene at the corner of Seattle's 4th Avenue and Cedar Street.

Seattle homicide detectives on Sunday afternoon fatally shot a man who was a suspect in the stabbing death of an 84-year-old employee at a self-storage facility in the city's Interbay neighborhood. The suspect had been using the victim's credit cards.

Detectives used photos to track him down in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood, at the bustling corner of 4th Avenue and Cedar Street. Seattle Police spokesman Mark Jamieson told KPLU the murder suspect attacked detectives, forcing them to fire their weapons.

Typically, our homicide detectives would investigate any officer-involved shooting in the department. But because they were homicide detectives that were involved in the officer-involved shooting, the department has decided to ask King County Sheriff's office, Major Crimes Unit, to come in and handle the officer-involved shooting aspect of this investigation.

After the Belltown shooting, the suspect was treated by Seattle Fire medics and transported to Harborview Medical Center where he died shortly after arriving. Jamieson said he did not know whether the suspect was armed.

Police say Saturday's fatal stabbing of the self-storage employee happened late morning on the third floor at Interbay's A-1 Self Storage facility. Neither the stabbing victim or the murder suspect names have been released. 


Before accepting the position of News Director in 1996, she spent five years as knkx's All Things Considered Host and filed news stories for knkx and NPR. Erin is a native of Spokane and a graduate of the University of Washington and London's City University - Center for Journalism Studies. Erin worked in the film industry and as a print journalist in London and New York before returning to Seattle to work in broadcast news.