A West Seattle man who ripped police Taser wires from his body was taken into custody early Thursday after damaging doors and walls of his apartment building with a four-foot-long sword.
Police say the 2:30 a.m. incident was the third contact with police within 24 hours for the man, believed to be mentally ill. Officers fired Tasers at him several times before he collapsed and was taken to Harborview Medical Center. His condition was not available.
SPD Detective Jeff Kappel said the same man had gone on a rampage in a West Seattle convenience store about 2:40 a.m. Wednesday, causing damage that kept the store closed for several hours while employees cleaned up the mess.
About 8 p.m. Wednesday, the man called police to his apartment in the 3200 block of Harbor Avenue Southwest, saying that two people were under his bed and trying to get him. Officers recognized him from the convenience-store incident and took him to a hospital for a mental-health evaluation.
In the early Thursday incident, officers were called to the man’s apartment building by neighbors who thought he was hitting doors and walls with a golf club. Police said it turned out to be a four-foot-long sword.
The man was able to resist officers’ first two attempts to tase him, ripping the wires from his body, and swinging his fists at officers. He was eventually collapsed and was motionless; officers performed CPR on him until Fire Depoartment medics arrived.