Seems about once a week, someone notices a mysterious, unexplained late-night closure on the West Seattle Bridge. Here’s the latest report (with one response saying, without elaboration, “it was a police training exercise”). Anyone with more definitive dirt, please let us know. Meantime, remember all those recent helicopter buzzings? We have one neighborhood account of what was happening at the time on the ground (after the jump) …
From a WSB reader UNDER the chopper path:
We also watched the “manhunt” that took place around 11:30p on Jan.
23rd. We live on 38th Ave (between Morgan and Willow) and watched
out of the back of our house as police dogs, and their handlers,
scoured homes and yards along 39th and 40th Avenues with search
lights. The dogs were racing through the surrounding properties, and
looking at the amount of police on foot and police cars surrounding
the neighborhood, they were clearly in hot pursuit of someone.
The first car to arrive, and parked in front of a home on 40th,
looked like a federal agency car and not a Seattle police car. There
were two Seattle police cars blocking off a 2 block area, and one
driving around with it’s searchlights.
It was about 15 minutes into watching all this activity when the
helicopter then joined in the search. A police car with search
lights also cruised up and down our alleyway several times. It was
all a bit unsettling to watch all this, then 45 minutes later, have
it all end. And here we are, 2 days later and still no news as to
what was happening.
I called the West Seattle precinct on Wednesday, to see if I could
get any information about the activity, but was only able to get the
automated answering system. It would be nice to have some access to
this type of information from the police. It was clear that it was a
pretty serious situation occurring right in our own backyards and
we’d love to know the outcome of all that activity. Many neighbors
lost alot of sleep that night!