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Patrol Officers Peacefully Resolve Standoff on Capitol Hill

An unstable man with a knife was reported to be inside an apartment with his girlfriend on Capitol Hill and threatening harm.

On September 15th at 5:24 p.m. 911 received a call from a complainant stating that her friend (the female victim) was at her apartment in the 1000 block of East Denny Way and was afraid of her boyfriend. The victim’s boyfriend was in the apartment armed with a knife. Officers were initially told through a 3rd party (the complainant) that either the victim was afraid that the suspect would hurt her if she tried to leave or would hurt himself if she tried to leave.

Officers responded and surrounded the apartment. Communication was established with the complainant and both subjects inside the apartment via telephone. Officers were able to get the female (victim) to open the door and officers made entry. The boyfriend was taken into custody without further incident.

Further investigation by officers lead them to believe that the boyfriend was unstable, suicidal, and under the influence of some type of narcotic. It was also discovered that the boyfriend had a knife to his throat at some point during the incident.

The boyfriend, a 28-year-old male, was evaluated by fire department medics and was subsequently transported to Harborview Medical Center for a mental evaluation.

Nobody was injured during the incident.