Friday update: Police say that they fired a single shot at the suspect when he “appeared near a rear window of the house holding what was believed to be an assault rifle.” The SWAT officer missed, the bullet lodged in the house, and the suspect surrendered a short time later. Police say the rifle turned out to be an “Airsoft” AR-15 style assault rifle with the orange end cap painted black.
11:30pm: It’s official. Seattle Police confirm the armed man is now under arrest and that no one was hurt. A huge thanks to Silver for the excellent play by play in the forum tonight, and to all of you who took part. You are our eyes and ears!
11:12pm: Silver reports in the forum that the man has been taken into custody without incident. Still waiting on official word from police.
10:50pm: What sounded like 3 more flash bangs.. not gunshots.. were just heard.
10:30pm: Neighbors are now reporting loud bangs near the house. Seattle Police say this all started when a “mental health check” was done at the residence and the man pointed a gun. The people checking the house backed out and called police.
Original report: Thanks to everyone who emailed about the police activity in the general vicinity of NW 73rd Street and 32nd Ave. We’re hearing that a man armed with a gun has barricaded himself inside a home. Some streets are blocked off in the area. This all started around 7:40pm tonight.
Many people who live nearby and who are listening to police scanners are posting in the forum under “7:40pm police activity”. We’ll pass along more information as we get it. Photo posted in forum by wootdude.