Seattle police arrested a 40-year-old man early this morning after he broke into a building under construction and kept officers at bay for several hours by threatening to jump.
Police responded to First Avenue at 10:20 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports of gunshots fired. The officers determined shots had not been fired, but they heard someone yelling and throwing items from the roof of a nearby building under construction in the 1900 block of Second Avenue, police said.
Officers climbed to the eighth floor of the building and found the man brandishing a two-and-a-half-foot-long piece of rebar, police said. After the man refused commands to drop the weapon, officers used a Taser on him, but it had no effect, police said. The man then ran to a safety railing, climbed over and stood on the ledge, eight floors above the street, according to police.
Police negotiators spoke with the man for several hours before he surrendered, police said. He was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary.