SEATTLE – Security guards at a Food and Drug Administration laboratory in Bothell called police to say they had fired gunshots just a few minutes after contacting a suspicious person in a car in the parking lot Friday morning, police said.
It was around 7 a.m. when two security officers approached a 15-year-old boy seen acting suspiciously in the building’s parking lot, said Shari Ireton with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
The teen ran away, but then came back a short time later and got into a car in the parking lot. As the security officers approached the car, the teen backed out and struck one of the security officers, who in turn fired at the car, Ireton said.
The teen sped off, and was involved in a hit-and-run accident about a mile away on state Route 527. He was then was tracked to his home, said Bothell police Sgt. Cedric Collins.
The teen had a gunshot wound to his foot and minor cuts to his face, Ireton said. Fire department medics took him to Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland where he was treated and released.
There was confusion throughout the day about whether the teen had actually been shot, as police made multiple contradictory statements on the matter.
Collins said the boy was held for detectives with the Snohomish County Multi-Agency Response Team, which took over the investigation.
It’s not clear why the guard thought the teen was suspicious.