Suspect killed in shootout with Kent police; 4 officers injured in propane tank explosion



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KENT, Washington — Kent police say no officers were seriously injured in a shootout with a suspect who was killed. Four officers were treated for burns when a bullet hit a tank of propane, causing a large explosion.

The incident began Sunday when officers responded to a report of a suspicious man in the parking lot of a Kent motel. Police say he attempted to assault and officer, pulled a gun and ran.

Officers surrounded the area and found the man behind a landscaping business. Police say he shot at officers and five officers returned fire, killing him.

The gunfire punctured a propane tank, setting off the explosion. Four officers were treated by fire department medics and transported to Valley Medical Center in Renton in stable condition.

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