A community corrections officer for the state Department of Corrections was wounded in a shootout Tuesday afternoon in Auburn that left the suspected gunman with life-threatening injuries.
An ATF task force was at the complex in the 3400 block of ‘I’ Street NE just before 3 p.m. to serve a warrant for gun crimes and confronted the suspect in the parking lot near his car, according to ATF spokesperson Meredith Davis.
The suspect tried to get into his car and drive away, but officers were able to user a Taser and stun the suspect, Davis said.
The Taser was ineffective and the suspect was able to use a weapon and fired at officers. Officers returned fire at the suspect hitting him multiple times according to Cmdr. Steve Stocker with Auburn Police.
Both wounded men were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A hospital spokesperson said the suspect was in critical condition while the officer who was struck in the leg, were not considered life threatening injuries.
The officer was identified by the DOC as 46-year-old Kristoffer Rongen, a 14-year veteran of DoC.
The suspect has been identified by sources as 31-year-old Randy Hall, who has an extensive criminal background.
An official statement on the Auburn, WA. Police Department Read as follows:
Two people were shot at the scene. A DOC officer who was working on an ATF task force as well as the suspect shooter were both injured. Medics are on-scene and at least one of the injured has already been transported to Harborview Medical Center.