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July 18, 2013 at 5:41 AM

Suspect arrested after Bellevue standoff

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The Bellevue standoff started when two men who were going to play a late-night game of chess at a Bellevue apartment got into an argument, according to Bellevue Police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate. She said the man who lives in the apartment reportedly pulled a gun and pointed it at the head of the other man about 2 a.m. That man left the scene and called police. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE 10 a.m.|  Bellevue police report the suspect is in custody. Streets in the area have reopened.

UPDATE 9:50 a.m.  |  Bellevue police have asked all media helicopters to back away from the standoff, saying SWAT team members could not hear each other. Police also asked the media to refrain from publishing any photographs or videos showing the location of police. Bellevue police forces were bolstered by a King County Sheriff’s Office armored vehicle that arrived about an hour ago. The subject has not yet surrendered, police said.

UPDATE 7:10 a.m. | A large cloud of what may be tear gas can be seen above the apartment. Bellevue Police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate said she cannot discuss the tactics officers are using.

UPDATE 7 a.m. | The Bellevue standoff started when two men who were going to play a late-night game of chess at a Bellevue apartment got into an argument, according to Bellevue Police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate.  She said the man who lives in the apartment reportedly pulled a gun and pointed it at the head of the other man about 2 a.m. That man left the scene and called police.

UPDATE 6:50 a.m. | Exits from Interstate 90 to Bellevue Way have reopened, WSDOT reports.

UPDATE 6 a.m. | Interstate 90 westbound and eastbound exits to Bellevue Way have been closed as police deal with a barricaded, armed suspect. Police are asking people to avoid the area near Bellevue Way and 108th Street Southeast.

Previous post | In Bellevue, police negotiators are on the scene of what a police spokesman calls a “barricaded subject with a gun” at Bellevue Way and 108th Avenue Southeast.

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