Bellevue Shooting Suspect Dies of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound Following Capitol Hill Standoff

A man suspected of firing at Bellevue police during a car prowl investigation last month killed himself during a standoff with Seattle police at a Capitol Hill apartment early Friday.

Around 3:30 AM, SPD received a 911 call from a man, who requested police respond to the 100 block of Melrose Avenue East to investigate whether or not the person sleeping on his couch was, in fact, a suspect in a recent car prowl and shooting incident, involving a Bellevue Police officer. The case had recently been publicized in local media reports.

When officers arrived, they spoke with the caller who confirmed that the person inside was wanted by Bellevue Police and was still armed.

Patrol officers requested SWAT units respond to take over the investigation. SWAT officers and members of the Hostage Negotiations Team (HNT) attempted to speak with the suspect over the course of multiple hours, but the 28-year-old suspect refused to speak with police.

At 7:20 AM, SWAT officers heard a single gunshot from inside of the apartment. Officers made entry into the unit and found the suspect dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Bellevue Police are now continuing their investigation into the original incident and the King County Medical Examiners Office will take over the investigation into the death of the suspect.