Police standoff ends with arrest

Update 10 p.m.: Officers say they arrested the man after a long standoff, and it’s taking some time for officers to wrap up the investigation. A man matching the name of the suspect has a long rap sheet ranging from car theft to burglary, according to SeattleCrime.com. We’ll be checking for an official update in the morning. (Thanks Silver for the updates!)

Earlier: A large number of police units along with a SWAT team converged at 8th and Leary this evening, and officers have closed Leary just west of 8th Ave. Seattle Police Detective Jeff Kappel tells us its an ongoing investigation and officers are serving a warrant. Given that this is an active investigation, he says that he doesn’t have any other information.

My Ballard reader Silver sent in this photo that she snapped from Bernie’s Automotive across the street from the standoff, and she says two people have been handcuffed and placed in the back of an unmarked vehicle.

The armored SWAT vehicle (above) drove up to the front of the building. Silver says that officers are still yelling for at least one more person to come out. She has also heard quite a bit of breaking glass and several “flash bangs,” and she’s posting continuous updates in comments below…

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pjp
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pjp

And the boom you heard a few minutes ago was the police employing a noisemaking device.

ktmac
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ktmac

Almost rode my bike right into the middle of the fray, was told sternly by a policeman that there was a man with a gun…

poppyrl
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poppyrl

…i live a few blocks north of there. almost certain i heard a gunshot before all the sirens. ugh.

(i hope comment below is correct).

watergirl
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watergirl

Yikes! Scary!

SL
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SL

There is a serious display of force going on: dozens of police, marked and unmarked vans and vehicles, and a large area that has been restricted from vehicle traffic – probably a 4 square block area. Just drove around the unfolding drama about 10 minutes ago.

Silver
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I'm stuck here at Bernie's Automotive. These guys are very nice and they're stuck here too! We're inside the police perimeter. Heard the flash-bang go off a while ago, and SWAT has this big tank- like thing that they actually drove into the door of the building. That was all the breaking glass we heard. Hearing sirens now.

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

Did they really set off a flash/bang?

EDIT: never mind, I was posting that as Silver was posting hers.

Silver
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They've set off several now. Makes me jump out of my skin every time!

Silver
Member

I just saw a laser triangle on the wall of the building. Spooky.

JM98107
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JM98107

Is it over yet?

59thandBlake
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59thandBlake

Saw the convoy of police and SWAT vehicles turning off of 15th onto Market. It was very impressive!

Bh
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Bh

Is this by the big cement-colored tall building? I am having trouble getting a bead on the exact location. Good work, Silver.

matilda
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matilda

Just went by there on my way home…checked this blog right away.

I heard nothing, but saw 8-10 cop cars. Big doings.

Silver
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Definitly not over. Lots of vehicles and personel. Lots of big guns.

The cops just made us go back to Bernie's for safety. Something about us not having any body armor. They have moved one of the assault vehicles around in front of the Henry mural. It looks like Afganistan over there.

Silver
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Just heard 5 flash-bangs in a row!

JM98107
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JM98107

Better get back in the bunker.

Barleyman
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Barleyman

We live about 4-5 blocks North and heard a loud speaker and a loud bang about 2 hours ago. I thought it was just another transformer blowing up.

zanthess
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zanthess

Those were tear gas methinks. I'm in the big building next to the one they're getting into.

JM98107
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JM98107

What side of Leary is the location?

C W
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C W

North – just west of 8th – down the street from Hale's

JM98107
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JM98107

Trying to listen on the KOMO link to the police scanner, but they don't seem to be talking about it.

Silver
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Getting windy here! Still pinned down. Can't get to my car to go home. Thinking of sending out for pizza. Delivery drivers wear body armor, don't they?

C W
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C W

The team at Hale's might be able to sling shot some food over the police line to you… but pizza boxes don't sail well in the wind.

Silver
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I saw them shoot a couple of gas canisters in earlier, and they seemed quieter.

Silver
Member

Police just pulled a guy out of the Pickle Ball building next door.

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