Ticketless man shot dead after pulling gun in Seattle train station

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, Last Updated: 1:09 AM ET

SEATTLE - A man who drew a handgun in a railway station after being removed from a commuter train by fare collectors was shot dead by police on Monday, shutting down a transit hub during the afternoon rush hour, police said.

One of three men booted off a light rail train after 4 p.m. drew the gun at a station south of downtown Seattle after being confronted by a King County Sheriff's Deputy called in to assist.

"One of the three men drew a handgun, and the deputy opened fire, wounding the armed suspect," the Seattle Police Department said on its website. "The shooting incident drew a large response from law enforcement in the Seattle area."

The man died of his injuries and his two companions were being interviewed by police, it said. Officials said late on Monday evening that the rail line had resumed normal operations.

The statement said the men were ordered off the train after one of them was unable to prove he had paid his fare.

Two police officers and two other motorists were slightly injured after the officers collided with several vehicles as they rushed to the scene of the shooting, police said.


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