Seattle police and fire have and taken three children into protective custody following an apparently fatal officer-involved shooting at Brettler Family Place public-housing apartments in Magnuson Park.
Officers and a SWAT team responded Sunday shortly after 10 a.m. after reports of a shooting and that a suspect was in the surrounding neighborhood.
Two women at the scene, one crying hysterically, said their sister had been shot and killed by police.
One of the women, standing outside the apartment complex, said her sister was small of stature and had “mental health problems.” She said the woman had been arrested “the other day” after she had armed herself as protection against her boyfriend and had called police.
“There’s no reason for her to be shot in front of her babies,” she yelled at reporters as another woman wrung her hands and wept.
“The Seattle police shot the wrong one today,” she said.
The woman provided a name for her sister. King County Jail records indicate a woman by that name was booked June 5 for obstruction of a public official and harassment. She was released conditionally on June 14.
Seattle police tweeted that a public-information office was responding along with a Force Investigation Team to an officer-involved shooting. No police officers were injured, they reported.
Police have not confirmed the identity of the victim or provided any details.
Initial reports were that a man had shot his wife and that police were called.
Medics responded and three children were taken from the apartment. The condition of the woman was not immediately known.
One police officer was seen cradling a sleeping child outside apartments where shooting occurred. Two other children were in back of police SUV.