Friday – April 2, 2021

#2021-079073/South Precinct/Third Watch:

On 04-02-2021 at 0013 hours, while on patrol, an officer observed a parked vehicle (unoccupied) on fire. Seattle Fire responded and put out the fire. An SFD fire marshal responded and determined that the fire was intentionally set. The vehicle was destroyed and impounded. Attempted to contact the owner but was unsuccessful. SFD fire marshal processed the scene and will contact Arson Bomb Squad in the morning. No suspect information at this time.

#2021-079642/Southwest Precinct/Second Watch:

On 04-02-2021 at 1519 hours, the adult male driver of an Acura sedan attempted a U-turn in the 4500 block of Beach Dr SW. He left the east curb line and entered the path of a northbound scooter, operated by an adult male. The scooter operator died as a result of the ensuing collision. The driver was evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert and no signs of impairment were detected. The Traffic Collision Investigation Squad responded.

#2021-079825/West Precinct/Second Watch:

On 04-02-2021 at 1844 hours, officers responded to a large encampment fire under I-5 which billowed smoke visible from all over Seattle. During the call, WSP and Seattle Fire were brought in and units ended up shutting down I-5 for a short period of time until SFD could get the fire under control. The fire burned up several tent structures between two pillars supporting the I-5 southbound exit to Airport Way and almost reached the bottom of the bridge deck. Prior to SFD arrival, three occupants had to be removed from their tents and reluctantly left. Multiple explosions could be heard in the fire as well as what appeared to be ammunition cooking off. No injuries occurred as a result of the fire. WSDOT arrived and verified the bridge was structurally sound and safe to re-open.