Tuesday – June 29, 2021

#2021-162265/South Precinct/Third Watch:

On 06-29-2021 at 0016 hours, officers responded to the 700 block of Minor to investigate a shooting involving a subject that was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound. On arrival officer detained occupants of two vehicles involved in transporting the subject. Officers observed a handgun in one of the vehicles. This incident was initially believed to be associated with a shooting at Alki. After further investigation, it was determined that this was a separate incident, occurring in the 4500 block of S Willow (reported as shots fired). South precinct officers responded to the 4500 block of S Willow and located fresh blood. The subjects consented to search the vehicle and we recovered the firearm. The subjects stated that the shooting occurred on S Willow, that they did not use the recovered gun, and were unwilling to provide any more information. The incident was screened by Homicide. The subjects were released from the scene.

#2021-162272/Southwest Precinct/Third Watch:

On 06-29-2021 at 0026 hours, officers were in the area of 60 AVE SW/ALKI AVE SW investigating a homicide with multiple surviving shooting victims. The scene was chaotic with a hostile crowd and some hostile, uncooperative victims. One individual, who purported to be a witness and associate of at least one of the victims, refused to step outside of the crime-scene, which was clearly marked by crime-scene tape. Officers made numerous attempts to reason with this person who refused to leave the active crime-scene. Officers attempted to escort the suspect (after numerous futile attempts at reasoning) outside the crime-scene tape whereupon one officer was struck in the face by the suspect. Officers then placed the suspect under arrest for assault and obstruction, and the suspect spat on an on-scene supervisor. The suspect was eventually booked into the King County Jail.

#2021-162284/South Precinct/Third Watch:

On 06-29-2021 at 0043 hours, two victims (homeowners) were sleeping in an upstairs bedroom when they heard someone breaking into the backyard shed. The suspect then broke a glass door in the back of the house attempting to gain entry. Victims yelled at the suspect to leave. The suspect pulled out a gun and brandished it at both victims. The suspect did fire one shot in an unknown direction before running away on foot. Officers responded and contained the area for K9. The suspect was later found by K9 and patrol officers after a K9 track. A handgun was recovered. This same suspect was involved in two other burglaries (21-162244; 21-162217) in the same neighborhood about an hour before this incident. The suspect was arrested and booked for Attempted Home Invasion Robbery; VUFA and Burglary. SPD Robbery advised of this incident.

#2021-162299/West Precinct/Third Watch:

On 06-29-2021 at 0111 hours, officers were patrolling the International District and observed a recklessly driven vehicle. Officers later learned the vehicle was stolen out of the East Precinct area. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle and the driver bailed out but left the vehicle in gear. An officer went after the suspect on foot, while the other officer used the patrol vehicle to stop the rolling suspect vehicle from rolling through a large intersection, and into a nearby gas station. The collision was minor and caused virtually no damage to the patrol vehicle, and minor scrapes to the suspect vehicle’s bumper. The suspect escaped, but evidence was located.

#2021-162784/West Precinct/Second Watch:

On 06-29-2021 at 1226 hours, City work crew attempting to pick up trash at an encampment was confronted by a camp resident (suspect). The suspect armed himself with an axe, charged at the work crew, yelled racial slurs, threats, and swung the axe at one of the crew members, narrowly missing his chest. The work crew retreated to safety. Officers formed a contact team, hailed the suspect who was thought to be in his tent. The SPD’s Hostage Negotiation Team and Crisis Response Team arrived and assisted. It was determined that the suspect was not in the tent. A search warrant was applied for and granted. A search of the tent did not locate the axe. At this time, the suspect is outstanding, but is likely to return to his tent according to other camp residents.

#2021-162910/North Precinct/Second Watch:

On 06-29-2021 at 1435 hours, Parks employee asked a male to stop throwing garbage from the trash cans on the ground. Male used a racial slur to the Parks employee and threatened to assault him. Suspect was not located.

#2021-162955/North Precinct/Second Watch:

On 06-29-2021 at 1539 hours, a suspect damaged a large mural of a drag queen painted on the side of the victims’ home. The victims felt they were targeted because of the protected class the image represented. No suspect information was available. Incident screened and policy required notifications were completed.

#2021-163191/West Precinct/Third Watch:

On 06-29-2021 at 2023 hours, officers responded to a disturbance call and upon arrival saw heavy smoke coming from the 5th floor. Officers followed the smoke, located the unit, forced entry, and saved the occupant. Officers were able to determine that the suspect used a flammable liquid to ignite clothing and other combustibles within his unit, thereby causing damage and placing the other tenants in danger. The suspect was arrested and booked for Arson. SPD’s Arson Bomb Squad detectives responded to assist with the investigation and will handle the follow-up.