Update at 2:26 p.m.: Firefighters were called back to the McDonald’s to treat several McDonalds employees for exposure to pepper spray. Could be residual.
Update at 1:09 p.m.: We’re still trying to sort things out, but police are essentially supporting the story told by Joseph Malloy.
Malloy, 42, said he went into the McDonald’s with his cat Tommy Girl, which Malloy says is a service cat. Restaurant employees refused to serve him and asked him to leave. When Malloy refused to leave, another customer — the one with the pepper spray — got involved.
A scuffle ensued and the pepper spray was released inside the restaurant. Malloy and Tommy Girl were sprayed, but the man with the pepper spray got the worst of it. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.
Police say no one will be arrested. The McDonald’s will be closed for some time.
We will update this post when police release more information.
Update at 12:59 p.m.: Joseph Malloy says he and his cat Tommy Girl were pepper-sprayed by a customer at McDonald’s after he was asked to leave the restaurant.
It wasn’t immediately clear why he was asked to leave. Malloy said the person who pepper-sprayed him was also doused with the spray and taken away by ambulance.
Update at 12:53 p.m.: Firefighters treated two people and a cat after they were pepper-sprayed.
One victim, a male, was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.
Original post: A man has been arrested after Seattle police say he pepper-sprayed customers inside a First Hill McDonald’s restaurant on Thursday.
Police spokesman Drew Fowler said police were called to the fast-food restaurant in the 11oo block of Madison Avenue, across the street from Swedish Hospital, and arrested the man.
This post will be updated.