Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila was briefly locked down after an officer shot a suspect during a police chase in the mall parking lot Wednesday afternoon.
Tukwila police said the incident started just after noon. Police were conducting a random search in Southcenter's Olympic parking garage when they came upon a vehicle that had been reported stolen. One passenger appeared to be inside.
As they approached the vehicle, the driver showed up. When he spotted the officers, the driver jumped into another vehicle with another passenger and they took off. A police chase followed.
When the chase moved to the parking lot in front of the Talbots, the officer felt forced to fire his gun after the suspect tried to run him over with the car. The suspect was hit and the pursuit ended near the delivery entrance behind Target across the street from Southcenter Mall.
Tukwila medics transported the injured suspect to Harborview Medical Center. The suspect was listed in serious condition as of 2:05 p.m.
The officer was not injured.
Witnesses said the mall was placed into lockdown during the incident. The entrance to the mall at Nordstrom appeared to taped off and a couple of police cars were at the scene. By 12:45 p.m. the mall had reopened.