Police officers shot a man they described as a murder suspect in the parking lot of a Safeway in unincorporated Snohomish County on Monday afternoon.


The Valley SWAT team, which is made up of officers from South King County departments, was conducting surveillance on the man at a home. The officers followed the man to a nearby parking lot in Clearview Plaza on Highway 9 north of 175th Street Southeast, according to Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Courtney O’Keefe. The man was driving with another man and a juvenile, who was riding in the back seat.

Officers in an unmarked police vehicle pulled up behind the man’s car after he had returned from a business in the shopping area and yelled at him to surrender. The driver rammed the car into a bystander’s and then into the police vehicle, according to a news release from the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team, a group of representatives from Snohomish County police agencies that is investigating the shooting.

Two Kent police officers and a Federal Way police officer shot at the man, wounding him. The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, according to the news release.

The adult passenger and juvenile weren’t injured. The passenger was detained but released after talking with officers.

The news release did not say which murder the man is suspected of committing.