Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila was briefly locked down after an officer shot a suspect during a police chase in the mall parking lot Wednesday afternoon.
Tukwila police said the incident started just after noon. Police were conducting a random search in Southcenter’s Olympic parking garage when they came upon a vehicle that had been reported stolen. One passenger appeared to be inside.
When the driver showed up and spotted the officers, he jumped into another vehicle with another man and they took off. A police chase followed.
When the chase moved to the parking lot in front of the Talbots, the officer felt forced to fire his gun after the suspect tried to run him over with the car.
“The officer did have the car driven at him and he fired his weapon to defend himself,” said Officer Mike Murphy with Tukwila Police Department.
The suspect was wounded and the pursuit ended near the delivery entrance behind Target across the street from Southcenter Mall.
Tukwila medics transported the injured suspect to Harborview Medical Center. The suspect was listed in serious condition as of 2:05 p.m.
Two other suspects were arrested, including a woman who was in the passenger seat of the stolen car and the other man who was in the getaway car.
The officer was not injured.
Some of the stores briefly locked their doors during the incident. The entrance to the mall at Nordstrom was taped off and a couple of police cars were at the scene. By 12:45 p.m. it was business as usual.