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Barricaded situation at West Seattle motel now resolved

On March 30th, shortly after 5:00 AM, officers from the Southwest Precinct were dispatched to a motel in the 3500 Block of SW Alaska Street.  The 911 call was for a man outside the building, screaming.  Officers arrived and contacted the male standing outside one of the rooms.  He was clearly agitated and not wearing a shirt.  It appeared to the officers that he may have had a homemade knife of some sort in his hand.  The officers attempted to contact the man, but he ran inside the room and barricaded himself inside.  Officers made numerous attempts to contact the man through the door and by calling the room, but to no avail.  Negotiators and SWAT were called to the scene about an hour later and attempted to establish a dialogue with the individual.  Negotiators tried for hours to establish some sort of communication with the man.  SWAT officers eventually were able to put chemical irritants inside the room that eventually forced the man to come to the window.  Officers were then able to safely secure the man’s hands while they entered the room and took him into custody.  He was taken into custody at approximately 10:15 AM without any further incident.  Seattle Fire Department arrived to assist with the decontamination of the individual, and then the 40 year old male was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he will undergo a mental health evaluation.