Update: Police intercept armed man at Southwest Precinct

January 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 11 Comments

5:08 PM: Police are blocking off the area around the precinct. Avoid for now. Working on details.

5:23 PM UPDATE: Appears whatever this was ended quickly. Still working on details. Witnesses say officers converged on a van, which is still visible in the area, though the search/response activity is over.

7:25 PM UPDATE: We’ve heard from Lt. Pierre Davis at the precinct, who explains: “At about (5 pm), one of our officers intercepted an armed distraught male attempting to gain entry into the police precinct parking lot. A dialogue was rapidly started, in an attempt to assess the threat level and motivation of the armed subject. The subject complied with instructions to give himself up, thus ending the immediate threat and incident. Our officers did a fantastic job protecting themselves and the community in this incident.”


  1. Was he going to try and steal a police car?

    Comment by Alki Resident — 7:30 pm January 29, 2013 #

  2. From the scanner traffic we heard at the time – which was really intense, fast orders including bringing out the “long guns” – the concern seemed to be that he would attack someone or try to storm the precinct.

    Comment by WSB — 7:35 pm January 29, 2013 #

  3. From the description, this sounds like “suicide by cop”. Glad it was resolved peacefully.

    Comment by Jeff — 7:38 pm January 29, 2013 #

  4. Oh yeah come to pappa, great job Southwest precienct.

    Comment by SillyGoose — 7:50 pm January 29, 2013 #

  5. Thanks to our police, sounds like this incident was handled well.

    Comment by TM — 8:03 pm January 29, 2013 #

  6. Except for that school bus that let off kids right in the middle of it……

    Comment by Lisa Hegle (Boettger) — 10:16 pm January 29, 2013 #

  7. I’ve always felt Delridge was too dangerous a location for a police station.

    Comment by Alex — 11:59 pm January 29, 2013 #

  8. I’d want the police to be there to make the area less dangerous. Right?

    Comment by lyndab — 8:39 am January 30, 2013 #

  9. I was told by a 3rd watch/shift officer @5:30 a man was trying to pull into the precinct lot, when a officer coming out noticed he wasn’t rolling down his window to use the key pad(for entry). He then in passing saw the perp in van had a handgun right under his chin, as if he was gonna kill himself. They have dealt with him before on depression/mental health issues. Glad it was swiftly taken care of!

    Comment by CJ — 9:28 am January 30, 2013 #

  10. another nut job who got his hands on a gun

    Comment by Nick — 10:05 am January 30, 2013 #

  11. Sounds like the man was asking for help. Thanks to the officers who skillfully took care of the situation. What a difficult job and well done once again.

    Comment by Norma — 10:29 am January 30, 2013 #

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