Man Shot Dead After He Rams Vehicle Into Federal Building and Fires at Officers: Police

Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers fatally shot a man who they said rammed a federal building and then opened fire at them.

Officers were alerted to sounds of gunshots around 8:10 p.m. near the intersection of 1 Avenue and Yesler Street as well as the 100 block of Marion Street on Saturday, police said in a statement.

The SPD statement continued: "Responding officers found the suspect in the 100 block of Marion street where he had crashed his vehicle into the Federal building."

Officers attempted to contact the man who was reportedly still armed, and for reasons that remain under investigation, opened fire striking the suspect.

"Seattle police officers and Seattle Fire Department medics attempted medical aid but the suspect died at the scene."

The Force Investigation Team has since launched an investigation into the shooting and the department said it would release a video of the incident within 72 hours.

Representatives of the Office of Police Accountability and the Office of Inspector General also responded to the scene.

An employee at NBC affiliate KING5 who was dining at Bar Taglio close to where the shooting happened said staff tried to get customers away from the windows and further into the building after seeing a person outside with a firearm.

Other customers told the network they were moved to the basement of the building as the shooting happened.

KING5 employee Kendra Gilbert tweeted: "Never thought I'd been in this situation. Having pizza at Bar Taglio on 1st when several loud booms went off outside.

"An employee checked it out, saw a guy in the street with a gun, & told us to run into the center of the bldg to get away from the windows. @KING5Seattle #seattle"

Newsweek has contacted the SPD for comment.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a database that collects information about shootings from across the U.S., 11 people in Seattle have been fatally shot since January 1.

The same database found that 68 people in Washington state had died as a result of being shot since the beginning of the year.

Gun violence continues to plague the U.S. with the Gun Violence Archive recording that 3,211 people across the country have died this year as a result of being shot, excluding suicide, at time of writing.

In Waco, Texas, one man was killed and another needed to be treated in a hospital with serious injuries following a shooting at a bar in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police responded after receiving a call at 1:45 a.m. CT (2:45 a.m. ET) Saturday that reported shots were fired near the Warehouse Bar in Austin Avenue.

Seattle Police Department car and officers
Seattle Police Department car and officers. The suspect was shot dead after ramming the building, according to police. SPD