FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — A confrontation between police and a man in a car erupted in gunfire early Tuesday, leaving two officers wounded and the suspect dead, authorities said.
Both officers were shot and taken to hospitals. They are expected to recover.
The officers had responded to a report of a dispute in a parking lot in the city of Federal Way and spoke to a man in a car, Seattle TV station KOMO reported.
Authorities were still trying to determine exactly what happened but both officers were wounded by gunfire and the man in the car was fatally shot.
Police tape surrounded two black SUVs in a street as officers investigated in the area that's surrounded by apartment complexes and a senior living facility.
Danielle Milius told the TV station that she heard sirens, saw officers running down the street and then heard about 20 gunshots.
“I knew they were looking for somebody, so I was just kind of watching," she said. “And then I heard them over the loudspeaker telling people to stay inside and get away from the windows."
As is standard protocol, the two officers will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
Federal Way is 23 miles (37 kilometers) south of Seattle.