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Mitzi Johanknecht


Hatchet wielding man shot and killed by citizen

Summary

(Seattle/Boulevard Park) A customer drinking coffee at a 7-11 this morning shot and killed a man who entered the store and attacked him and the clerk with a hatchet. (C16-013121)

Story

A customer drinking coffee at a 7-11 this morning shot and killed a man who entered the store and attacked him and the clerk with a hatchet.

Deputies received the call around 5:45 this morning at the 7-11 located in the 11000 block of 8 Ave S.  The clerk and customer told police that the suspect entered the store wearing a mask and armed with a hatchet. 

The suspect did not make any statements but swung the hatchet at the customer and then went behind the counter and attacked the clerk.  The customer drew a pistol and shot the suspect.   King County Medics responded and attempted to resuscitate the suspect but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The customer, a 60 year old Seattle man, was not injured. He has a valid concealed pistol license.   The clerk, a 58 year old Seattle man, received a minor injury to his stomach from the hatchet attack.  The suspect, believed to be in his 40’s, has not yet been identified.

  Once completed, the investigation will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review.

The King County Medical Examiner will identify the suspect and determine nature and cause of death.