Helicopter over southeastern West Seattle: Sheriff’s Office case

2:19 AM: We’re hearing a chopper in the distance, and via Facebook/e-mail, we have a few other reports, from Westwood to Highland Park. Checking on it. (If you are seeing ground police activity anywhere in that area, let us know – sometimes that’s the main clue.)

4:39 AM NOTE: The helicopter left shortly after we published this. As for what it was doing – no reply yet from police, but whenever we do finally get info later this morning, we’ll add it to this …

11:38 AM NOTE: Heard back this morning from Lt. Ron Rasmussen at the Southwest Precinct, who couldn’t find any evidence it was related to an SPD case. So now we’re checking with King County Sheriff’s Office, to whom the lone law-enforcement chopper in the area (Guardian One) belongs, in case it was a county case that just happened to spill over here.

4:23 PM NOTE: We finally got a bit of information, but not much. King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. John Urquhart says it was a KCSO case – but he hasn’t been able to rustle up the information on anything beyond, an arrest was being made. Not a big deal, he insists.

8 Replies to "Helicopter over southeastern West Seattle: Sheriff's Office case"

  • mv February 23, 2011 (2:23 am)

    It’s been circling over my area (2 blocks north of Chief Sealth Int’l) for the last hour. No other activity noticed.

    As of 2:20am, it’s moved on; can’t hear it anymore.

  • Doug February 23, 2011 (2:36 am)

    It was hovering around ec Hughes park, for way too ephing long if you ask me. We should have the right to sleep at this hour and its not reasonable to say you should wear ear plugs because your ears are your alarm system when you are sleeping.

  • cheryl February 23, 2011 (10:04 am)

    we had police officers with dogs out walking around our neighborhood and around our house around 1am last night. We are at 34th and Dakota

  • toddinwestwood February 23, 2011 (10:07 am)

    You could hear it pass over or close to Roxbury also. I almost posted it. it woke me up enough to get up and check the Blog.

  • sophista-tiki February 23, 2011 (10:41 am)

    I did the same, it woke me up, so I came here to see if there was any news. Apparently just middle of the night phsycological torture.

  • YY in Westwood February 23, 2011 (11:59 am)

    Totally woke me up!! Grrrrr….I hope WSB finds who and WHY!!!! Then I will go to their home and run the mower in front of their bedroom window at 2 in the morning!!!

  • alki_2008 February 23, 2011 (12:19 pm)

    So…if the helicopter was flying around for the purposes of protecting you, then would you still be annoyed that you were awoken?

    If it was flying around for no reason, or if it was a personal helicopter…then I can see the frustration being valid.

  • Karen, near chiefsealth February 23, 2011 (7:35 pm)

    Thanks for the updates. It was a bit nerve-wracking this morning hearing a helicopter circling. Glad the police were doing their job. Yes, it is a bother, but really? we need to be upset about this? Hope who ever was caused the search is in custody and not wandering our neighborhood.

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