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SWAT Officers Arrest Armed Man Following 23rd and Union Shooting

SWAT officers arrested an armed 27-year-old man Thursday evening near 23rd Avenue and East Union Street in the Central District, days after detectives believe he was involved in another incident of gunfire near the same block.

On Monday, police received reports around 7 PM of gun shots and one vehicle chasing another near 23rd Avenue and East Union Street. No one was injured in the incident, though two homes were struck by gunfire.

SPD Gang Unit detectives were able to identify one of the men involved in the shooting as the 27-year-old suspect. Detectives confirmed he had been in possession of a handgun during the incident, despite the fact that he is a convicted felon and unable to legally possess firearms.

Thursday evening, police found the 27-year-old man sitting in a car near the scene of Monday’s shooting and moved into arrest him. When SWAT officers pulled up in front of his car, the man pointed a handgun at officers before quickly dropping it and surrendering.

Police arrested the man, seized the gun and also found a small amount of crack cocaine in his possession. He was booked into the King County Jail for investigation for assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and narcotics possession.