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Video released after US Marshals, Seattle police shoot suspect wanted for violent assault

Francisco Luis Rodriguez, from the Seattle area, was wanted by the King County Sheriff's Office for an alleged assault against his girlfriend in early October.

DES MOINES, Wash. — A suspect wanted for multiple charges in King County was shot in the Safeway parking lot in Des Moines after encountering U.S. Marshals Tuesday afternoon. 

Members of the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force attempted to arrest the suspect at the gas station in the parking lot near the intersection of S 272nd Street and Pacific Highway S, according to Seattle Police Department (SPD) Assistant Chief Deanna Nollette.

The suspect fired a handgun at members of the task force, who then returned fire and injured the suspect, Nollette said.

The suspect made his way towards the front of the Safeway store. That's when a Seattle police detective and a Department of Corrections specialist also fired shots at the suspect, and he fell to the ground.

The suspect sustained injuries to his arms and legs, according to SPD. He remains in stable condition at the hospital.

Officers recovered the suspect's handgun at the scene. 

On Friday, SPD released video of the incident showing officers attempting to arrest the suspect. Out of the view of the camera, the suspect fired at officers, and then took off across the parking lot. 

Nollette said it was incredibly fortunate that more people weren't injured. The incident drew a large response from multiple agencies, including Des Moines police and the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority.

The U.S. Marshal's Office identified the suspect as 28-year-old Francisco Luis Rodriguez, from the Seattle area. The U.S. Marshal's Office said Rodriguez was wanted for first-degree robbery, two counts of felony harassment threaten to kill, and second-degree theft. 

According to the King County Prosecutor's Office Tuesday evening, Rodriguez was charged on Oct. 14 with first-degree domestic violence kidnapping, a felony, and a $200,000 warrant was issued for his arrest. The charges stem from an incident on Oct. 10 of this year where Rodriguez was angry with his on-and-off girlfriend because she did not want to get into a car with him, according to court documents. 

A neighbor recorded video of Rodriguez allegedly clubbing the woman with what appeared to be a handgun and then forcing her into a car, dragging her by her hair and shirt, and then he sped off before deputies could arrive, court documents said. 

It's unclear when Rodriguez's first court appearance will be as he remains in the hospital for treatment of his injuries sustained in Tuesday's shooting. 

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