Officers shot in Seattle

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Two Seattle police officers have been shot while responding to a downtown robbery Thursday, police told The Associated Press.

Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, a police spokesman, later confirmed that that suspect had died.

Police took a third suspect into custody, though they gave no details about his alleged role in the events or details of the arrest.

A heavy police presence remained in the area into the late night and streets were closed as officials urged the public to stay away.

A K-9 unit stands near the scene of a shooting involving several police officers in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

A fight had ensued between the two officers and the suspects.

Police were seeking what they described as a "possible" third suspect. A hand-to-hand fight broke out between a responding officer and a 19-year-old male suspect who was armed with a handgun.

The officers were responding to a robbery or shoplifting at a convenience store.

The female officer's bulletproof vest protected her and she suffered minor injuries and is listed in satisfactory condition; the male officer was hit in the face and is in serious but stable condition at Harborview Medical Center, Best said.

Police have two suspects in custody, one with significant injuries, according to police.

Police say a total of three officers were wounded in an exchange of gunfire with a robbery suspect in downtown Seattle. People who leave their homes in the morning and their families don't know if they'll come back.

Police responded to a robbery call at the 7-Eleven convenience store at First Avenue and Cherry Street. "When we walk out front, there's a guy standing out front who points at us and tells us to go back". One of the officers was fighting with one of the suspects on the ground.

The department disclosed the shooting on Twitter, saying the robbery had been reported near the waterfront, several blocks south of Pike Place Market. KIRO Radio's Josh Kerns was at the scene and said that he heard a loud explosion in the building, likely a flashbang, and then saw several medics rushing to that scene. The male officer, 30, is in critical condition.

"Officers started coming down Western and a suspect ran into the Federal Building", Wilcox said.