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The Today File

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July 20, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Man dead in shootout with police in Kent

Kent Police officers work at a scene near South 228th Street and 86th Avenue South in Kent, where police killed a male suspect after both parties reportedly exchanged gunfire Sunday, July 20. Melanie Frazier, Kent Police public information officer, said officers made contact with the suspicious person at a local hotel before he fled on foot. Officers searched the area, found the suspect in possession of the firearm and both parties reportedly fired shots. One of the shots hit a propane tank, caused an explosion and damaged a greenhouse, seen in the background. Four police officers had superficial burns from the explosion and fire. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Kent Police officers work at a scene near South 228th Street and 86th Avenue South in Kent, where police killed a male suspect after both parties reportedly exchanged gunfire Sunday, July 20. One of the shots hit a propane tank, caused an explosion and damaged a greenhouse, seen in the background. Four police officers had superficial burns from the explosion and fire. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

A man was shot dead by Kent police early this afternoon in a shootout near a hotel on the north end of the city.

During the gunfire, one shot hit a propane tank, causing it to explode and injure four of five officers involved in the incident.

Police were called to the hotel near 86th Avenue South and South 228th Street about 10:45 a.m. on a report that someone in the hotel had a firearm, according to Melanie Frazier with Kent Police.

When officers arrived, the man ran from the hotel. Police set up a perimeter around the area and spent almost two hours trying to locate the man, which they eventually did.

“From there, there was an exchange of gunfire,” Frazier said.

The man was shot dead. How many shots hit him was not available, nor was his identity. None of the officers was hit by gunfire.

The four injured by the exploding propane tank suffered superficial burns and were taken to a hospital for treatment.

“The officers were doing great,” Frazier said.

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