Police fatally shot a man Wednesday in an exchange of gunfire after he and two other men robbed a Bellevue cannabis store at gunpoint and led police on a pursuit that ended in Seattle’s Hillman City neighborhood, according to Seattle and Bellevue police. The two other men were arrested.

The man who was killed had hidden in a shed behind a house in the 3600 block of South Findlay Street, Seattle police said in an item posted to the department’s online blotter. He fired at officers and several officers returned fire, striking and killing the man, the post says.

The Washington State Patrol, the King County Sheriff’s Office and Kent police also aided in the search. Because so many agencies were involved, Seattle police are working to confirm how many officers and from which departments were involved in the shooting, the blotter post says.

The Seattle Police Department’s Force Investigation unit will investigate the shooting. Representatives of the Office of Police Accountability and the Office of Inspector General responded to the scene.

Employees at Green Theory, a cannabis store in the 12800 block of Southeast 40th Place in Bellevue’s Factoria neighborhood, called 911 at 11:31 a.m. to report the armed robbery, said Meeghan Black, a Bellevue police spokesperson.

She said two masked men entered the store and one of them held a gun to an employee’s head before taking off with cash and product. The third man waited outside in a gray Nissan Maxima.


“It was very violent and scary,” Black said of the robbery, the third one at a Bellevue pot shop so far this year.

The store’s employees were able to provide suspect and vehicle descriptions, and police located the vehicle as it traveled west on Interstate 90, Black said.

The vehicle then headed south on Interstate 5, crossing into Renton, before heading north on Rainier Avenue South into Seattle, with speeds at times exceeding 70 mph, she said.

After entering Seattle, one of the wheels came off the men’s vehicle, which they abandoned at South Findlay Street and 37th Avenue South, according to Black.

Bellevue police officers arrested one of the men at 12:09 p.m. At that point, Black said, Seattle police took over the search. She didn’t know when the second man was arrested but said the third hid in a shed and it was that man who was hit by gunfire during a standoff.

“We’re just thankful we were able to apprehend these guys,” she said, adding the pursuit and search for the men was “tense, tense, tense.”


Sgt. Randy Huserik, a Seattle police spokesperson who was at the shooting scene, said the second suspect was arrested near where the standoff occurred on South Findlay Street.

“As officers approached the shed, the suspect inside fired on officers. Multiple officers returned fire, striking and killing that suspect,” he said of the third suspect.

A bystander, who identified himself as “Les,” said his mother has lived in the home where the shooting occurred for over 40 years.

He arrived in the area around 12:55 p.m. to have lunch with her when he saw the street had been blocked off and police told him a suspect may be hiding in the shed.

Around 1:05 p.m., he said he thought he heard something that sounded like a flash-bang but learned later it was gunfire. His mother is doing fine, but lunch has been rescheduled for tomorrow, he said.

Green Theory co-owner Molly Honig said she is thankful her employees were not physically harmed during the “emotionally traumatic” event. Bellevue police, she said, responded within five minutes.


Police are placing more effort and energy into responding and making arrests, Honig said. She has two stores in Bellevue and two in Kirkland, where they’ve been robbed at gunpoint six or seven times over the last year and a half, she said.

The industry is largely cash only, as marijuana has not been federally legalized, which Honig says makes cannabis stores seem like easy targets for many. But it’s not worth the criminal charges or the possibility of losing one’s life, she said.

“I feel terrible that it ended that way,” Honig said, referring to Wednesday’s fatal shooting.