A woman shot by Seattle police Wednesday evening was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center Thursday, according to a hospital spokesman.
Officers received a report that a woman was firing a gun at 12th Avenue South and South Jackson Street around 8 p.m., said Assistant Chief Adrian Diaz with the police department.
Two officers encountered the woman at 10th Avenue South and South Jackson Street and fired at her, he said.
Police said in a statement the woman was “armed with a handgun” when they located her, but did not say what happened in the moments before officers shot her.
The two officers were not injured, and their names have not been released. Diaz said it was not yet clear if bullets from both officers’ weapons struck the woman. Her age has not been released.
After the shooting, South Jackson Street was closed between Eight Avenue South and 12th Avenue South because of police activity, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Police interviewed possible witnesses after the shooting, including a young boy and his family.
The department’s Force Investigation Team and crime-scene investigators were investigating Wednesday night, along with representatives from the Office of Police Accountability and the Inspector General. The King County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an independent investigation, in accordance with a recently passed state law on police use of deadly force.
Seattle Times reporter Heidi Groover contributed to this report.