A SHOOTING in Everett, Washington has caused a local university to lockdown and evacuate after a cop was allegedly killed and a van with kids inside was hit.
Everett Police are calling it a “significant incident,” with the shooting leading to a pursuit and ending in a car crash.
A cop has reportedly been killed in the incident
An officer was allegedly struck by gunfire and then run over by a vehicle, according to a witness.
The incident allegedly began as a traffic stop and then escalated, The Journal 425 reports.
The shooting reportedly occurred in a Starbucks parking lot near the Everett Community College campus. Traffic cameras in Everett show the suspect got into a mini cooper and sped away.
Minutes later, a rollover crash involving the vehicle was reported in a different location. Multiple kids were reported to be in the other vehicle involved in the crash, according to The Journal 425.
Everett officer Kerby Duncan told the Everett Herald a suspect was taken into custody at the scene of the crash.
Images from the scene show a crushed blue car and officials wheeling an empty stretcher. A white van also appears to be significantly damaged, according to video footage. Reports indicate a third vehicle was also involved in the crash.
Police, fire, and medical personnel and vehicles can also be seen.
WSU Everett closed at 3.30pm local time out of an “abundance of caution in response to the recent police activity on Broadway.”
“Please evacuate the building at 915 N. Broadway for the remainder of the day. There is no immediate threat to our community. Thank you for your cooperation. Stay safe!”
Witnesses reported seeing as many as 30 cop cars flying by en route to the scene, according to KIRO 7 News.
Dave Somers, Snohomish County Executive, released a statement Friday evening acknowledging the officer’s death.
“Our hearts ache for the family, friends, and colleagues of the fallen officer.
“On behalf of Snohomish County, we offer our deepest condolences to the entire community shaken by this loss of life and those police officers who will be out keeping our community safe, even under the shadow of this tragedy.
“We will provide any support the City of Everett needs and call on everyone to take a moment to honor the people who are here to serve and protect.”
King County Executive Dow Constantine shared a statement to Twitter following the incident.
“Incredibly sad news with the loss of an @EverettPolice officer. My thoughts are with their family, the people of Everett, and their law enforcement colleagues in King County and beyond.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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