Since early this morning, several Queen Anne streets have been closed due to a standoff between SWAT officers and a neighborhood resident. The standoff occurred after unsuccessful attempts to serve an arrest warrant to a robbery suspect. SPD initially tried to serve the warrant at about 6 a.m. this morning, but the suspect barricaded himself inside and refused to come out of the basement apartment at W Galer Street and 4th Avenue West. He also claimed to have a handgun.
The standoff ended after almost 9 hours, when SPD set off three flash-bangs. After sending in a camera to check on the suspect, a SWAT team entered the unit and found the suspect down with a gunshot wound. The extent of his injuries is unknown, but he was brought out on a gurney at approximately 2:20 p.m. and transported to Harborview Medical Center.
After the standoff began, SPD blocked off several streets around the home as negotiators attempted to convince the suspect to surrender. He allowed his adult son to leave the home at about 8 a.m., who exited the house without injury.
“In my sleep, I heard police say, ‘Come out with your hands up.’ I heard a grenade — an explosion. They (police) told me it was a stun grenade,” Antoaneta Georgieva, a neighbor who was awoken from the commotion, told the Seattle Times.
More than eight hours passed since SPD’s initial attempt to serve the warrant and arrest the suspect. Police used several flash-bangs and called to the suspect with a megaphone, and used neighbors’ apartments for vantage points to keep visual contact with the suspect.
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West Galer Street was closed between Third and Fifth Avenues West. Due to the street closures, several buses were rerouted. According to King County Metro, bus commuters were advised to use Route 13 or Route 1 instead of Route 2 to get downtown, and Route 29 had been diverted.
Featured photo source: Evan Bush for the Seattle Times.