Dashcam video released of officer-involved shooting

KING 5's Greg Copeland reports.

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Seattle police released dashcam video Friday from a shooting that left three officers wounded while responding to a robbery at a 7-Eleven store downtown Thursday.

The video shows multiple police units responding to the call. Two officers can be seen running after a man into a building. At the end of the 55 second video, multiple gun shots can be heard. 

Police also released photos of evidence recovered during the shooting investigation. 

Officer Hudson Kang, 30, was seriously wounded in the shooting. He was listed in serious but stable condition Friday afternoon at Harborview Medical Center.

He was one of four police officers wounded in Thursday's incident.



A female officer, 42, was shot in the chest and was listed in satisfactory condition. Seattle Deputy Police Chief Carmen Best said her vest protected her. 

Another officer was grazed on the hand by gunfire and was treated and released from the hospital. A fourth officer was hit over the head with a bottle and treated at the scene.

One of the three suspects died after exchanging gunfire with officers, police said. He disappeared into a building and was later found dead.

According to the King County Medical Examiner's Office the suspect was identified as 19-year-old Damarius Butts. He died of multiple gunshot wounds. 

Two other suspects, a 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man, are expected to make their first court appearances next week.

On Friday, a judge found probable cause for the 17-year-old girl to be held for investigation of robbery and assault.

The 19-year-old suspect waived his court appearance and was ordered held on $75,000 bail for investigation of robbery.

Detectives are asking anyone who has photographs or video from the scene to contact them at (206) 684-5550.

Kang honored for life saving work

Kang was one of five officers nominated in January 2016 for the Seattle Police Foundation's Lifesaving award after they worked to save the life of an attempted car thief who allegedly an officer by throwing knives.

The suspect was shot by police and could have died, but Kang and the other officers were credited with then performing first aid and saving his life.


*Editor's note: KING 5 typically does not name suspects until they have been formally charged.

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