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Tuesday – February 23, 2021

#2021-45019/North Precinct/First Watch:

On 02-23-2021 at 0303 hours, officers responded to a crisis call in the 12700 block of 33 Av Ne with a male throwing objects from his second floor window on the street and yelling threats to the neighbors across the street who were apparently filming him. Upon arrival, officers attempted to de-escalate the situation with no luck. The suspect threw a fire extinguisher out his window then approached officers on the street and threw a gas pipe at them. The pipe fell short, not striking officers. The suspect retreated to his apartment where he barricaded himself for a short period. The suspect continued throwing items out of his apartment down the hall at officers and at one point stepped out and said he could kill all of us if he wanted to. The suspect then fled down a staircase and out the back of the building to the parking lot where he was found hiding in the bushes. Officers were able to take the suspect into custody without incident. No officers were injured during this incident.

#2021-45463/East Precinct/Second Watch:

On 02-23-2021 at 1321 hours, officers responded to multiple reports of a subject with a gun shooting employees inside the Catholic Community Center on 23rd Av S. As multiple units responded, there were additional reports of shots fired within and the reported possibility of more than one shooter. Most of the employees inside the facility tried to shelter in place and called 911 from various hiding places. Arriving officers formed multiple contact teams to search for the active shooter and rescue employees trapped inside. Officers on the exterior breached windows to facilitate the rescue of some of the persons trying to flee the building. The primary victim in this incident reported that she was meeting with a client in the facilities courtyard when the subject became angry. As the victim fled from the angry subject, he began firing multiple rounds at her, shattering windows and narrowly missing the victim. As employees ran for cover, the subject began to search for the primary victim, but then quickly returned to the courtyard and ended his own life. Officers were able to safely remove every employee, and none were physically harmed. The employees were evacuated to a safe location in a nearby library and were met by Chaplain Units from both SPD and SFD. The building was searched thoroughly and secured by officers. Homicide and CSI responded to investigate and process the scene.

#2021-45548/West Precinct/Second Watch:

On 02-23-2021 at 1450 hours, a neighbor of a lower Queen Anne-area daycare stood outside on his balcony immediately adjacent to the open play area of the daycare and pointed at staff and children and shouted threats that he would shoot them tomorrow. No gun was ever seen. Staff called 911 as the suspect went back inside his apartment. Officers went to the suspect’s apartment to contact him. He consented to letting them inside to speak to him about the situation and was arrested without incident. No gun was found. He was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Harassment.

#2021-45549/North Precinct/Second Watch:

On 02-23-2021 at 1500 hours, two 2 male suspects entered the convenience store at NE 65/35 Ave NE. The suspects came behind the counter, pointed a handgun and demanded the clerk open the register. The clerk complied and the suspects removed cash from the till. The suspects then demanded the clerk open the safe. The clerk told them she didn’t have access to the safe. The suspects fled east on 35 Ave NE on foot. Containment was set, however due to very heavy traffic in the area a K-9 was not deployed and the suspects were not located. Robbery Unit notified.

#2021-45693/North Precinct/Second Watch:

On 02-23-2021 at 1746 hours, an event occurred that appears to be related to event #2021-038431. A jogger at Greenlake called regarding a tent that has a swastika painted on it near the Aquatic Center. The tent dweller was contacted from outside the tent. He stated that someone else had painted the symbol on his tent. The dweller stated he did not want to cover his tent with the tarp S-DOT and SPD provided him last week. He also did not want any further SPD assistance. This tent faces the Greenlake jogging trail and is likely to generate future 911 calls.

#2021-45745/South Precinct/Third Watch:

On 02-23-2021 at 1857 hours, officers located an occupied stolen vehicle in the 7000 block of E Marginal Way South. Officers conducted a high-risk vehicle stop and one suspect fled on foot. He was quickly apprehended and was found to be in possession of a semiautomatic handgun and a quantity of narcotics packaged for distribution. He also had dozens of vehicle keys, shaved keys, door jiggler keys, and other burglary/theft tools. Upon running a routine records check of the suspect, he was found to be DOC active with a felony warrant for escape community custody. Officers began a search of the vehicle per the NCIC hit and located an improvised explosive device inside. The vehicle was contained, the scene was secured, and the Arson Bomb Squad was notified. ABS detectives responded to the scene, recovered the IED, and swept the car for additional devices. Once the vehicle was declared safe, officers finished the search and located additional ammunition for the recovered firearm and a large machete. The suspect was booked into the King County Jail. The DOC warrant was not verified due to KCJ booking restrictions. SPD Arson/Bomb Squad is conducting follow up for the recovered IED and the suspect could face additional charges pending forensic analysis of the device.