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Disturbance, shots fired in Belltown, two arrested

Shortly after midnight on March 17th, West Precinct officers responded to a call of at least six people in a fight disturbance in the 2100 Block of 2nd Avenue.  While enroute to the scene, the call was updated that shots had been fired.  Officers arrived on the scene and were finally able to get things under control.  There were lots of witnesses and conflicting accounts of what happened.  After a thorough investigation, the officers determined the following:  a 22 year old male was a patron of the establishment when a disturbance broke out inside the bar.  The staff had refused to serve him any more alcohol.  That man was the primary instigator of the disturbance.  There were witness reports that the suspect had a knife and was attempting to cut people with it.  The fight disturbance then spilled out onto the sidewalk.  Once outside, the male suspect broke a 5′ x 5′ plate glass window on the front of the bar.  The disturbance continued northbound on the sidewalk.  The 33 year old female owner of the bar was also outside during the disturbance.  She went into the bar to retrieve a pistol.  She returned outside and fired the gun towards the group that was fighting.  Fortunately, no one was hit.  She then went back into the bar and gave the gun to someone.  The female suspect changed her story several times during the investigation.  When asked where the pistol was, she directed officers to a location inside where she handed over a .45 caliber pistol.  However, the casing and bullet recovered at the scene outside belonged to a 9mm.  The pistol she had used was located hidden in the kitchen trash can.  The male suspect was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Assault and Malicious Mischief.  The female suspect was arrested and booked into KCJ for Investigation of Assault.  Both pistols were recovered from the establishment and placed into evidence.  Detectives will now conduct the follow up investigation.