Seattle police officer shoots, kills suspect believed to have rammed patrol car on I-5

SEATTLE -- A Seattle police officer shot and killed a suspect believed to have rammed a patrol car on Interstate 5 earlier Friday morning, police said.

Just after 4 a.m., an officer radioed in to report that a gray car had rammed his patrol car from behind on I-5. The impact caused the officer's patrol car to swerve across lanes of the freeway, ending up on the median. The suspect fled, police said.

The officer was transported with minor injuries Harborview Medical Center and released a short time later.

Police said officers were able to determine the suspect’s car was likely a gray Mazda from pieces of the vehicle left at the crash site.

Detectives say officers later spotted a car matching the suspect vehicle's description around 4:35 a.m. at NE 65th Street and Ravenna.

Police said they believe the suspect got out of his car and was confronted by an officer. During the encounter, the officer fired, striking the man and killing him, police said.

Investigators are now reviewing evidence and video of the incident, including whether the suspect was armed with a large knife found at the scene (shown in the photo).

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. It's unclear how many shots were fired.



Seattle police Chief Kathleen O'Toole responded to the scene along with detectives from the Force Investigation Team and representatives from the Office of Professional Accountability.

The officer will be place on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard procedure for SPD.