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March 31, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Man pepper-sprays police then barricades self in trailer

UPDATE, 4:25 p.m. | The man who reportedly pepper-sprayed two UW police officers then barricaded himself in a trailer has surrendered to police, SPD said.

ORIGINAL POST | Seattle police SWAT officers and hostage negotiators have surrounded a trailer parked near the University of Washington in an attempt to arrest a man who reportedly pepper-sprayed two UW police officers.

UWPD Major Steve Rittereiser said officers were dispatched to a parking lot at Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast Northlake Way for a report of a man banging on a utility pole with a baseball bat. When two officers confronted the man, he pepper-sprayed them then ran into a parked trailer.

Seattle police SWAT and hostage negotiation teams were called to get the man out, Rittereiser said.

Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said it is unclear whether the man is armed.

The man’s identity is unknown; he is described as being in his 40s.

A trailer, top left, is surrounded by SWAT after a man barricaded himself inside Mon., March 31, 2014, on the north side of Portage Bay between I-5 and University Bridge, in Seattle. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

A trailer, top left, is surrounded by SWAT units after a man barricaded himself inside on Monday on the north side of Portage Bay between I-5 and University Bridge. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

 

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