Man shot by troopers on I-5 in Seattle dies at hospital

Man shot by troopers on I-5 in Seattle dies at hospital
Officials investigate at the scene of the shooting Monday.
SEATTLE - A man shot by Washington State Patrol troopers on Interstate 5 in Seattle has died of his injuries.

A nursing supervisor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle says the man died Monday night shortly after his arrival. He has not been identified.

The drama unfolded just before 7 p.m. Monday when the man stopped his truck on the Ship Canal Bridge, set it on fire and spray-painted a large green circle on the freeway.

Two Washington State troopers and a state Department of Transportation incident response employee arrived on scene quickly. One of the troopers and the DOT employee began to extinguish the flames while the second trooper contacted the suspect.

The suspect displayed a knife and advanced on the trooper. The trooper used his Taser but it did not subdue the suspect, said Drew Fowler of the Seattle police.

The man continued to advance on the trooper with a knife. Both troopers then fired at the suspect, stopping him.

Seattle Fire medics took the suspect to Harborview for treatment of life-threatening injuries. He died shortly after arriving.

Detectives shut down all southbound lanes of I-5 just north of the Ship Canal Bridge for about five hours for an investigation.

The incident backed up traffic for miles. Troopers turned some cars around and diverted others. Some bus passengers got out and walked.