Shoplifting suspect stabbed in Bellevue

Police say a grocery store employee who stabbed a shoplifting suspect Wednesday night in Bellevue was defending himself.

Spokesman Seth Tyler says the Safeway employee had been hit on the head with a bottle. He was released after questioning in what appears to be a case of self-defense.

Tyler says a 37-year-old suspect who was stabbed multiple times was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life threatening injuries. He could be charged with robbery.

The man is suspected of shoplifting liquor about 10:30 p.m. at the store in downtown Bellevue. The employee is a man in his 40s who was hit in the store. He chased the suspect to a parking lot where the man was stabbed in a fight.

Tyler says the knife belongs to the employee.