Deputy Arrested for Domestic Violence Following 13-Hour Standoff

Seattle police arrested a King County Sheriff’s deputy at his Capitol Hill apartment building on Wednesday following a 13-hour standoff today.

Around 1:30 this morning, a man walked into the East Precinct and said his boyfriend, a King County Sheriff’s deputy, had assaulted him at their apartment in the 1500 block of Belmont Avenue.

East Precinct patrol officers went to the apartment and found the suspect had barricaded himself inside.

The suspect refused to open the door for officers. He then sprayed pepper spray underneath the door, causing officers to withdraw.

Officers cordoned off the apartment building and called for SWAT, Hostage Negotiation Team members and traffic management resources.

Officers believed the suspect had access to firearms, resulting in the closure of surrounding streets. Neighborhood residents were asked to stay in their homes.

Negotiators talked to the suspect for over twelve hours, working to convince him to peacefully surrender.

SWAT entered the suspect’s apartment shortly after 3 p.m.and took him into custody. The suspect has been booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Assault.

Police are serving a search warrant at the suspect’s home in an effort to locate and recover any firearms or other evidence in his possession.