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.