Man who shot, killed hatchet-wielding attacker at 7-11 will not face charges

A gun-carrying man who shot and killed a hatchet-wielding attacker at a nearby 7-11 in March will not face charges, the King County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday, Sept. 1.

As we previously reported, this incident occurred around 5:40 a.m. on March 14, when the suspect – Steven Blacktongue – entered the convenience store wearing a mask and armed with a hatchet. Shortly after Blacktongue began swinging his hatchet at the cashier, a 60-year old customer drinking coffee nearby pulled out his gun and shot him in the shoulder.

Blacktongue continued attacking the cashier, and the armed customer shot him two more times, hitting him in the face and chest. Toxicology reports indicate that Blacktongue had ingested methamphetamine shortly before the attack. King County Medics responded and attempted to resuscitate the suspect, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say that Blacktongue had a previous criminal record, including a previous conviction for attempted first-degree assault. He also had a history of committing armed robberies.

The customer – who had a concealed weapons permit – and his deadly use of a gun was considered “lawful … and that he shot Blacktongue to prevent an armed robbery and assault,” according to the report.

The customer who fired the shots was not identified in reports released to the press.

The shooting took place at the 7-11 located at 8th Ave S. & S. 110th Place:

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