Man reportedly fired at police during warrant arrest; two people still in house

Law enforcement aim assault rifles at a house on Second Avenue in Suquamish Thursday afternoon where shots had been fired. - Kipp Robertson/ Herald
Law enforcement aim assault rifles at a house on Second Avenue in Suquamish Thursday afternoon where shots had been fired.
— image credit: Kipp Robertson/ Herald

SUQUAMISH — A man was shot Thursday by tribal police after he allegedly fired a gun at officers serving a felony warrant issued by Port Gamble S'Klallam tribal court.

Sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson said Port Gamble S'Klallam police officers, assisted by Suquamish police officers and sheriff’s officers, arrived at the house on Second Avenue in Suquamish shortly before 3 p.m. to serve the warrant. After entering the house, a man was being taken into custody when another person, seated, reached for a concealed weapon and fired, according to Wilson's report. Officers returned fire, and the shooter is believed to have been shot.

Officers "dragged" a woman in the house outside to safety, Wilson said, and another person was taken into custody outside the house. As of 4:57 p.m., two persons — one of whom is wounded — were barricaded inside the house, according to Wilson. The area has been contained, Wilson said, and "there is nowhere for them to go."

Because tribal police agencies are involved, an FBI officer is on the scene but will not be taking jurisdiction over the investigation.

Officers were dispatched to the scene at 2:50 p.m. and by 2:57 p.m. were evacuating people from nearby homes and attempting to establish contact with someone in the house. The shooting took place within a half-mile from Suquamish Elementary School. Students were scheduled to be dismissed from school at 3:45 p.m. The school was not locked down, but students who did not take the bus were directed to wait at the school until a parent picked them up.

A reader wrote on Facebook at 4:10 p.m. that her family was evacuated and the sheriff’s office told them they could not return for at least 2-3 hours.”

This story will be updated as information is available.



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