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Bike Officers Chase Down Armed Felon On Capitol Hill

Bike officers working an East Precinct emphasis patrol arrested an armed felon early this morning after the man ran through Capitol Hill’s crowded streets while brandishing a handgun.

Police received 911 calls about the armed man running down the street near Broadway and E. Union Street shortly before 2 AM, just as nightclubs were closing for the evening and crowds of patrons were spilling onto Capitol Hill’s streets.

Two bike officers cornered the armed man in a parking lot near Harvard Avenue and E. Union St., where the suspect ducked behind a truck.

As officers closed on the man and ordered him to put his hands in the air, the suspect dropped a loaded handgun onto the ground.

Officers took the 31-year-old suspect into custody and discovered he is on federal probation, and is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Police took the suspect’s gun as evidence and booked him into the King County Jail for unlawful possession of a firearm.