A male suspect ended a police chase by falling more than 40 feet off an Interstate 5 freeway overpass near Beacon Hill into a blackberry patch, according to scanner traffic Monday evening.
The 20-year-old man was one of several men Seattle Police Department officers saw running away from where gunshots had been reported on the 4800 block of Corson Avenue South, according to Seattle Police Department’s online blotter. One suspect was caught at the scene with a handgun. The man who fell off the I-5 had run across the freeway’s northbound lanes.
Medics were dispatched at 9:47 p.m. to extricate the man from the patch, located near Airport Airway South and South Snoqualmie Street, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. He was found unconscious with a head injury and has been sent to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, he said.
Police later confirmed another man in his mid-20’s hiding in bushes below the freeway was also a suspect according to the SPD blotter. Moore said that man found a shorter four to five foot jump off the freeway then rolled down a 10-foot embankment. He was treated for minor injuries and sent to Harborview Medical Center as well.