SEATTLE – The Seattle robbery suspect found dead in a downtown building after a shootout Thursday with police was killed in an exchange of gunfire with responding officers, according to documents released Friday. Initially it was unclear how the suspect died.


Damarius Butts, 19, of Kent, opened fire on Seattle police shortly after he robbed a 7-Eleven store at First Avenue and Cherry Street along with his 17-year-old sister while a second man, 19, waited outside, according to an affidavit of probable cause outlining the police case. The officers were attempting to arrest the siblings when Butts opened fire, according to law enforcement authorities.

Officers returned fire and wounded Butts, who fled to a nearby building where his body was later found. Three officers were wounded by gunfire, and all are expected to recover, reported The Seattle Times.

Meanwhile, according to the Times, a law-enforcement source identified Hudson Kang as the sole injured officer who remains in the hospital. Kang, 30, was in serious condition Friday at Harborview Medical Center, where his condition is said to be “improving.”

A female officer who was saved from serious wounds by her body armor was identified as Elizabeth Kennedy, 42, the source said. She was treated at the hospital Thursday and released.

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Seattle PD reports this ballistic vest prevented an officer from being more seriously injured in Thursday’s shooting. (Courtesy of Seattle PD)

(Feature image dashcam screenshot courtesy Seattle Police Department)