By Christine Clarridge / The Seattle Times
BREMERTON — Two Bremerton police officers are in the hospital with gunshot wounds after a 53-year-old man fired numerous shots at them early Sunday morning.
The man opened fire on the officers as they approached him while he was seated in an SUV because he was believed to have violated a domestic-violence protective order. The officers returned fire and the man was declared dead at the scene, according to Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan.
The conditions of the wounded officers were not being immediately released.
Strachan said in a statement that preliminary information indicates the incident started when officers attempted to talk to the man at 1:16 a.m. while he was seated behind the wheel of an SUV in the parking lot at Lions Park near Lebo Boulevard and Hefner Avenue.
As the two officers approached, “the man immediately began firing numerous shots directly at both officers,” Strachan said.
“One officer was struck with at least two rounds in the abdomen and the other officer was struck in the waist,” he said. “Officers returned fire and the suspect was killed.”
Both officers are being treated at Harrison Hospital.
The Kitsap Critical Incident Response Team, which responds to major incidents, is at the shooting scene.
Strachan said the investigation into the shooting will be conducted by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol, along with officers from the Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island and Port Orchard police departments.