Seattle police SWAT officers shot and killed a man who had been holed up in a Capitol Hill apartment after he reportedly aimed and fired a weapon toward the officers, police say. Police have not released the identity of the man, who died after two officers fired on him about 10:30 a.m. when he was seen with a handgun and fired in their direction, said Detective Mark Jamieson.
Jamieson said police negotiators were not able to persuade the man to surrender. After the shooting, police — due to statements the man had made during the night — sent a robot into the apartment before medics were allowed in. The detective said SPD’s Crisis Intervention Team was very familiar with the man, who apparently was mentally ill.
Jamieson said some residents living near the standoff were evacuated. He also said officers from the Bomb and Arson Squad were at the scene “only out of an abundance of caution,” as there had not been any specific threats that would require their presence.
The robot was sent into the unit at the Marq Condos, and police peered through windows with cameras on extension poles, before medics entered. Jamieson said the man died from his injuries.
Our community news partner, the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, monitored the situation and published a photograph of the man standing in a window.
Some streets were blocked around the building, which is located in the 100 block of Bellevue Avenue East.
Some bus routes are being re-routed as a result of the standoff, according to King County Metro.