Officer Involved Shooting
Thurston County Critical Incident Team Investigating
At about 1am this morning, Olympia Police responded to a call from the Westside Safeway store at 3215 Harrison Avenue West. Store employees reported that two black men had attempted to steal beer and, when confronted by employees, threw the stolen items at them then fled. As police investigated the matter, an officer found two men matching the suspect descriptions a short distance away. A few minutes later, the officer notified dispatch that he had been involved in a shooting. Two men were shot by the officer. Preliminary reports indicate the men were both shot in the chest. Both men were transported to St. Peter’s Hospital in critical condition. Both men are in their twenties and believed to be from the Thurston County area.
The officer, who has been an officer for 3 years, has been put on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, following Olympia Police Department policy. The Thurston County Critical Incident Team is investigating the shooting. The Critical Incident Team is composed of detectives from five local agencies.
More details will be released as they are available. An initial briefing for the media will be at 6am at the Olympia City Hall Council Chambers, 601 4th Ave E. A second briefing is anticipated at 10am this morning.