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June 16, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Southbound I-5 blocked at Ship Canal Bridge after trooper-involved shooting

Traffic remains backed up in both directions on I-5. Southbound lanes aren't expected to open until past midnight, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Traffic remains backed up in both directions on I-5. Southbound lanes aren’t expected to open until past midnight, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Washington State Patrol and Seattle Police officers investigate an officer-involved shooting on the Ship Canal Bridge. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Washington State Patrol and Seattle Police officers investigate an officer-involved shooting on the Ship Canal Bridge. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE, 11:45 p.m. | All lanes of southbound Interstate 5 have reopened, the Seattle Police Department said.

UPDATE, 10:05 p.m. | At approximately 6:44 p.m., the State Patrol said it received  multiple 911 calls that a man in a tan pickup had stopped his vehicle and was blocking the center lane.

As the man exited his vehicle, it caught on fire, according to State Patrol spokesman Clifford Pratt.

Two troopers and a Department of Transportation official were dispatched to the scene. As one trooper and the DOT official were extinguishing the fire, another trooper went 45 to 50 yards south to follow the pickup driver who was spraying green paint at cars and on the ground.

As the trooper approached, the driver pulled a knife  and advanced on the trooper, Pratt said. The second trooper came to back up the first trooper with a Taser, but the Taser did not work. When the driver continued to advance with the knife, both troopers shot him, Pratt said.

Once the driver was down the troopers called for aid. The driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center, and his condition was not immediately known.

Pratt said all southbound lanes are closed, because the truck, debris from the fire and bullet casings are still on the highway.

“Anytime an officer is involved we investigate to the fullest,” Pratt said.


UPDATE, 9:15 p.m. | All lanes on Interstate 5 on Northeast 45th Street will likely be closed until midnight.   

UPDATE, 9:07 p.m. | In light of the traffic impact on Interstate 5, Seattle Police Department has ordered all draw-bridges remain lowered for the time being.

UPDATE, 9 p.m. | Traffic northbound at Interstate 5 at the Ship Canal Bridge is backed up, too. Drivers should take an alternate route.

UPDATE, 8:51 p.m. | Drew Fowler, public information officer at the Seattle Police Department, says Interstate 5 at the Ship Canal Bridge may be closed past midnight for investigation.

Drivers on I-5 are forced to turn around as police activity blocks all southbound lanes at the Ship Canal Bridge. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Drivers on I-5 are forced to turn around as police activity blocks all southbound lanes at the Ship Canal Bridge. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE, 8:22 p.m. |  The Seattle Police Department’s arson bomb squad is responding to assist with the investigation on the Ship Canal Bridge, police said.

UPDATE, 7:48 p.m. |  Drivers stuck on southbound Interstate 5 on the Ship Canal Bridge are being turned around to exit on Northeast 45th Street, the Washington State Department of Transportation said. The I-5 express lanes are now open to southbound traffic.

ORIGINAL POST | All lanes of southbound Interstate 5 at the Ship Canal Bridge are closed after a trooper shot a man following a traffic accident, the Washington State Patrol says.

A man in his 20s was shot and is being taken to Harborview Medical Center from the scene, the Seattle Fire Department said. Medics are performing CPR on the wounded man.

A trooper shot the man after the trooper responded to a car fire on the bridge, the state patrol said.

No other information was available.

Traffic is being diverted to Northeast 50th Street, the department said.

The blockage is causing a traffic backup past the University District.

Drivers should take an alternate route.

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