A hostage was rescued and a suspect is in custody after shots were fired in a Washington state city Thursday night. The suspect was apprehended after exchanging gunfire with deputies after being barricaded in a Parkland business, the Pierce County Sheriff's Office said.
The suspect was wearing body armor was believed to have been shot by deputies, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Suspect is in custody after exchanging gunfire with deputies. Suspect was wearing body armor & is believed to have been hit by a round fired by our deputies.— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) September 7, 2018
We are continuing to clear the building & area to ensure there are no additional victims or suspects involved. pic.twitter.com/BM2rRf5cYv
The incident occurred at Sky Motors before 8 p.m., the Sheriff's Office said.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said an armed suspect entered the business and took one person hostage. The suspect then fired multiple rounds inside the business.
Deputies were able to rescue the hostage.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responding to active shooter situation at Sky Motors in Parkland. Pacific Ave. is completely blocked in the area of 134th St. Public urged to stay out of the area as suspect is continuing to fire shots at deputies.— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) September 7, 2018
Suspect is continuing to fire numerous rounds, is believed to be in possession of multiple firearms including long guns. Multiple agencies on scene & attempting to make contact with suspect for negotiations. All lanes of Pacific Ave. remain shut down.— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) September 7, 2018
Scene is directly across Pacific Ave. from Saars Marketplace; all grocery employees & customers are in lockdown inside the store until they can safely be escorted out of the store. pic.twitter.com/awijNC5VHN— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) September 7, 2018
Deputies said the suspect continued to fire shots at deputies and across a street. It is believed that the suspect barricaded himself inside.
All deputies and officers are accounted for and uninjured.
A SWAT team remains at the scene.
The public is urged to stay away from the area.
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