UPDATE: 2 officers injured near 27th/Roxbury, 1 suspect arrested, 1 sought

(UPDATED 11:11 AM TUESDAY with new information)

(Added: WSB photos)

11 PM: Lots of sirens in south West Seattle, as one texter noted, and here’s why: A call for major backup went out after someone assaulted a police officer in the 9400 block of 27th SW. We don’t know how the call started but when the call went out for backup, one officer told her colleagues over the radio that there was probable cause to arrest a suspect – who is still being sought – for assault on an officer. No serious injury reported as there’s been no call for medics. The suspect was last reported headed southbound.

11:09 PM: Now there’s an SFD dispatch.

11:29 PM: We’re at the scene to see what more we can find out.

11:40 PM: Police at the scene say this began as a domestic-violence call. A responding officer was assaulted. No info yet on their condition.

12:13 PM: Still searching. As discussed in comments, the siren bursts are a search-related tactic.

3:39 AM: No further info; we’ll be following up with SPD when their media office opens later this morning.

11:11 AM: We’ve talked with police and obtained the narrative from last night’s incident:

According to the report, it started with a 911 call from someone saying their 21-year-old brother was banging on their apartment door and drunk, and was not a welcome visitor. Officers arrived and saw the suspect kicking the door. He tried to leave the scene. A struggle with officers ensued. That’s when, the report says, one officer “was kneed in the head.” A crowd had begun to form and another officer who was trying to provide crowd control was shoved in the chest by someone else. The person who did that ran into and then out of a nearby apartment. That’s when the search began but that suspect was not found. The report describes him only as male, black, dark complexion, 5’9″, 170, wearing a red Cardinals T-shirt and black jeans.

Ultimately the officer who was kneed was taken to the hospital and has since been released; two other officers were checked out by SFD medics at the Southwest Precinct, and one is described as having suffered minor injuries. The original suspect – the man whose brother had called 911 – is in jail for investigation of assault, resisting arrest, and domestic-violence property damage; jail records show he was booked two other times in just the past week, both on suspicion of trespassing.

81 Replies to "UPDATE: 2 officers injured near 27th/Roxbury, 1 suspect arrested, 1 sought"

  • Batmanwell November 19, 2018 (11:06 pm)

    Holy cow wow! There is a lot of sirens, lots of action!

  • Mike November 19, 2018 (11:07 pm)

    related to the person being shot in a home in White Center by chance?

    • WSB November 19, 2018 (11:07 pm)

      Not that I know of.. That one’s on our other site. Sheriff’s spokesperson says they don’t know anything about the circumstances.

      • Cate November 20, 2018 (8:01 pm)

        I don’t see anything on the WC web page about a White Center home shooting on Nov 19th.

  • Simon November 19, 2018 (11:09 pm)

    They are going up and down 30th between Roxbury and Trenton over and over pulsing sirens and pulling uturns. This is an overwhelming response

  • WC Resident November 19, 2018 (11:10 pm)

    Numerous police scouting Roxbury casino and park area

  • Ian November 19, 2018 (11:10 pm)

    Scanner indicates an active search at Barton/25th, and an officer enroute to Harborview with injures. 

  • Alex November 19, 2018 (11:10 pm)

    Yeah I still hear them searching around ringing their sirens on and off. Thought I even heard a firetruck for a moment.

    • WSB November 19, 2018 (11:16 pm)

      Now there’s an SFD dispatch so you did hear a fire truck and medic unit.

  • Tanya November 19, 2018 (11:13 pm)

    It is a lot of sirens! Yikes…

  • Charlie November 19, 2018 (11:13 pm)

    Sirens still going on after 20 minutes! 

  • Sage November 19, 2018 (11:13 pm)

    SO MANY SIRENS. I CANNOT SLEEP. I’m convinced the ENTIRE seattle police force has driven by my window. 

  • Eric November 19, 2018 (11:15 pm)

    I’m on the SW corner of Westwood Village, most of the activity is south of me, but with heavy sirens/presence east to west.

  • Nearby resident November 19, 2018 (11:17 pm)

    Thank you for reporting so quickly!!

  • Erin November 19, 2018 (11:17 pm)

    Is it really necessary to have 10+ cop sirens blaring past 11 pm? I’m near 25th & thistle & it’s still going on. Come on guys, this is irritating. 

    • Greg Kerton November 19, 2018 (11:36 pm)

      Are you irritated?  Me too. My first instinct was to be awake, alert, aware, and armed with a stout cudgel.  Sleep well m’lady.  I shall protect you…

    • Sar November 19, 2018 (11:36 pm)

      Ugh. Agreed. 🤫

    • Josh November 19, 2018 (11:41 pm)

      Really?Its MORE irritating to have these bad people assault others.Cant believe some people are complaining! 

      • Buttercup November 20, 2018 (6:10 am)

        I agree. It seems when we are not inconvienced people love the police. Some people here are bitchin’ bout them. Come one people if you have a comment here you know an officer was hurt. You should be assured that the responders are doing their job, one day it might be you. 

    • JR November 20, 2018 (6:54 am)

      Haha. Wow

      • Buttercup November 20, 2018 (10:19 am)

        JR, what’s so funny?

    • Mimi November 20, 2018 (10:45 am)

      Having witnessed a DV case this morning I’m just grateful the police are responding and responding in force.  A little noise inconvenience seems trivial compared to safety.  

    • dftl November 20, 2018 (12:15 pm)


    • Lynn November 21, 2018 (2:22 am)

      Yes, its neccessary.  For all the times the first responders and policemen are on duty to look out for us,  now one of their own got hurt they have every right to blast those sirens to find the perp, least we can do is be supportive and quit whining. Its just a minor inconvenience to catch the bad guy. Or would you rather he roam free and be a nuisance? 

  • Copter Dog November 19, 2018 (11:18 pm)

    Has a K-9 unit been called? Why hasn’t helicopter joined in?

    • WSB November 19, 2018 (11:29 pm)

      A k-9 was called for early on. Don’t know about Guardian 1 – it’s not always available. As for the siren bursts, it’s a specific tactic deployed in some searches – we’ve seen/heard this before.

  • Megdawg November 19, 2018 (11:18 pm)

    Over at 35th and Barton doing the same thing. Sirenson and off..stopping then making u-turns and heading up the road. 

    • WCgal November 19, 2018 (11:33 pm)

      On and around 21st Ave SW And SW Barton … still heavy police activity

  • Jim P. November 19, 2018 (11:21 pm)

    I wonder what good it does for an officer to sit in their unit playing with the different noises they can make.Seems to me you don’t find someone hiding that way.

    • Sarah H November 19, 2018 (11:37 pm)

      Let’s send good thoughts to the assaulted officer that was sent to Harborview rather than critiquing methods to find the suspect

    • Greg Kerton November 19, 2018 (11:37 pm)

      Maybe you can go hide with Erin.

    • Roxanne November 19, 2018 (11:41 pm)

      The siren patterns are on purpose. They disorient someone trying to run and keep them running/visible. Not playing. 

    • Eric November 19, 2018 (11:56 pm)

      You’d be surprised, then. It’s a regular tactic that they use in situations like this, and it’s part of their playbook for a reason, it works. Leaving sirens on is not nearly as helpful, nor is leaving them off. The quick direction changes and lights and siren activations mess with people’s heads if it happens to occur right next to them/after the police just passed.

    • Alvaro Ferreira November 19, 2018 (11:57 pm)

      That is a tactic used to assist the K9 unit doing the track. The objective is to get the suspect to stop running and hide,  or “go to ground”, which generally makes for better chances for them to be located…

  • Mbs November 19, 2018 (11:26 pm)

    Any word? The sirens are still going. 

  • Mbs November 19, 2018 (11:31 pm)

    Is this cause for concern? I feel very uneasy about the number and length of the sirens…

  • Paul November 19, 2018 (11:33 pm)

    The police are trying to siren the criminals into giving up.

    • Rene' D November 20, 2018 (12:12 am)

      I must be really tired…but this comment has me cracking up. I sincerely hope the officer that was involved is Okay and that they find the suspect…all means necessary. 

  • WC Neighbor November 19, 2018 (11:36 pm)

    Here we go….people would be complaining if there wasn’t enough response too. Let them do their job!!!

  • Alex November 19, 2018 (11:37 pm)

    Yeah I think I hear a helicopter now too

  • Neighbor November 19, 2018 (11:39 pm)

    I’m at 27th & Roxbury and they’re camped in front of our building. I can see lights through my windows for at least an hour now….!? Whats going on???! 

  • Josh November 19, 2018 (11:39 pm)

    To Jim and others complaining, it’s much better the police CATCH the person. Just look at a previous story: Westwood Target assault. Would you prefer these bad guys remain loose in our neighborhood?I wonder if different siren sounds mean different things to officers? Perhaps someone may know. Glad the police are out here, noise and all!

  • Bill November 19, 2018 (11:39 pm)

    I called the nonemergency telephone number for the police. He told me that there was a police officer assaulted, and many police officers from surrounding areas converged in the area to find the perpetrator.  He mentioned dogs will be used. Give the police a little bit of a break. I know it’s late and there are lots of sirens, but I don’t want the fugitive running through my backyard hiding in my bushes. Just my two cents worth. The cops do not take lightly to assault to one of their own.

  • Greg Kerton November 19, 2018 (11:41 pm)

    The sirens are telling everyone to be alert.  Stay alive.  Avoid Harm as best you can.

  • Rene' D November 19, 2018 (11:43 pm)

    Okay sirens 🚨Sheesh.  Get the helicopter!!

  • Neighbor worried November 19, 2018 (11:44 pm)

    It’s a good thing there’s no school tomorrow. These sirens have everyone awake…

  • Annoyed November 19, 2018 (11:45 pm)

    This is getting ridiculous. Every time I think its finally stopped, it starts up again.Bet you wouldn’t see them doing this in Laurelhurst at 11:44 on a tuesday…

    • Hortsig November 20, 2018 (12:00 pm)

      Then I’m sure Laurelhurst would love to have you…

    • Westsideleite November 20, 2018 (1:20 pm)

      If it was Laurelhurst there’d be more cops, multiple helicopters, horses, cub scouts, and the National Guard would have set up a defensive perimeter with checkpoints. 

    • Lynn November 21, 2018 (2:25 am)

      There are homes in that neighborhood you can purchase or rent so as to rid yourself of this major inconvenience of police officers trying to catch the perp. 

  • Maureen Emerson November 19, 2018 (11:46 pm)

    We’re off Barton on 25th and they are continuing to canvas street, alleys and back yards. Active search still underway at 11:45pm.

  • Leslie Lee November 19, 2018 (11:47 pm)

    OMG this is annoying, scary & it seems they have surrounded my house on 25th Ave sw & Cambridge. Even going down our back alley that doesn’t go all the way through. Maybe they should use their spotlights instead of sirens.

    • Brock November 20, 2018 (12:05 am)

      Maybe you should just be thankful they are doing what they have been trained to do in this situation. Just a thought. 

  • Neighbor concerned November 20, 2018 (12:02 am)

    I’m at 27th and Roxbury and we STILL have lights flashing out front. For at least an hour now….. wtf is happening? 

  • Neighbor too November 20, 2018 (12:09 am)

    I’m very grateful they’re looking for these guys. I prefer the sirens over criminals running around everywhere. I heard that someone was shot? Over by the park…? 

    • WSB November 20, 2018 (12:17 am)

      No shooting involved in this so far as we know. There was a shooting a few miles away earlier tonight, 1st and 100th – we in fact detoured over there (KCSO detectives are still on scene) while out.

  • Neighbor November 20, 2018 (12:09 am)

    Do we know anything about the person of interest? 

  • Mbs November 20, 2018 (12:10 am)

    Does the silence mean they caught the suspect?

  • Jim P. November 20, 2018 (12:18 am)

    In 67 years in this planet, I cannot recall any police search being conducted by someone sitting in a police unit bipping their siren now an then on the off chance it scares the suspect into running out and surrenderingI would love to  hear from someone with actual expertise in this as to just how this work so as to  understand this a bit better.Genuine curiosity.The searches i am familiar with involve officers out and about… you know, searching.

    • WSB November 20, 2018 (12:26 am)

      We have heard/seen this MULTIPLE times before (first time I noticed it was while we were at the scene of this suspected burglary alongside Fauntleroy Park a year ago). Tonight the sound is carrying because it’s starting to get foggy – as we arrived back at HQ a few minutes ago, almost 2 miles NW, we heard another round of siren bursts very clearly. Also, YES, they are out searching. The perimeter went blocks in all directions – we saw officers along a wide stretch of Roxbury; they were also going door to door in the area where it happened.- TR

    • Brock November 20, 2018 (12:29 am)

      Jim, you said yourself you don’t have much understanding of their tactics. Does that mean you think they are just being lazy and don’t want to get out in the cold weather?!?! A shooting blocks away and another officer having been assaulted and instead of what they clearly have been trained to do, they should get out, in the dark, and just look around because you want to sleep. Come on. 

    • Brock November 20, 2018 (12:34 am)

      You have got to be kidding me….

    • dftl November 20, 2018 (12:18 pm)

      Your law enforcement “expertise” is much appreciated.    

    • SPDFan November 20, 2018 (3:23 pm)

      Jim, just talked to a buddy on SPD and what they did last night is indeed protocol.  I won’t explain the reasoning behind it, but it was what they needed to do in this case to try and apprehend the suspect.

  • Jess November 20, 2018 (12:48 am)

    Does anyone know if they apprehended the suspect? Wow.. I’ve lived in W. Seattle for 23 years.  In the (Barton and 30th area )in that time I have never heard so many sirens going on almost 80 + minutes. Lifting up positive vibes and well wishes to the injured officer. Stay well W. Seattle peps. Goodnight. 

    • WSB November 20, 2018 (1:29 am)

      No report of an arrest that we’ve heard. We’ll be following up later this morning.

  • Buttercup November 20, 2018 (6:17 am)

    So embarrassing to see people of West Seattle complaining. West Seattle usually has a good heart. If this is the worst thing that happens to you this week your life is pretty good. For those with true issues and the injured officer my prayers go out for all of you.

  • KM November 20, 2018 (8:03 am)

    I live off of Roxbury and was also kept up from the sirens that didn’t bother me, but worried me. It absolutely blows my mind that people are complaining about the police trying to do their job!  If it’s not one thing it’s another. Let’s hope that the police officer that was assaulted is ok, and they caught the suspects. You people complaining about sirens and being annoyed should be ashamed. 

  • Friend O'Dinghus November 20, 2018 (8:18 am)

    Thank you Buttercup! Well said! Joining Jess in sending good vibes out to the officer, and to our momentarily frazzled neighborhood.

  • Jeanne November 20, 2018 (8:31 am)

    Can’t believe all the complaints  about sirens. These officers are not just playing sound games. They are using tactics to best catch criminals that threaten our safety. I bet all of you complaining would  be grateful for their services if you had to call them out of fear for your own safety. Well done Officers and thank you all. 

  • SL DJ November 20, 2018 (8:43 am)

    I live off of 28th and Trenton and some patrol vehicles coming up and down my street.  I hope everyone is okay and the suspect was caught.  

  • WSB November 20, 2018 (10:53 am)

    Update: I have just talked to police and will be updating the story shortly. Fast facts: The officer is out of the hospital. One suspect is in custody; the one they were continuing to search for last night is not. – TR

  • dsa November 20, 2018 (11:05 am)

    Shame on anyone who complained about our finest and bravest  doing their job to protect us. 

    • dianeseattle November 20, 2018 (2:51 pm)

      amen, dsa. If anyone is bugged by zealous policing, s/he should review the deadly DV attack at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital yesterday. Seattle police have responded to every call I’ve ever made & I thank them for that, whether or not people lost sleep over it. Imagine someone breaking your door down; who are you going to call? And when that maniac attacks & injures the people who came to protect you, are you going to complain that they kept you awake? Have you gone out in the dark searching for this violent person? Sometimes cops deserve criticism, but last night, they should have received everyone’s gratitude. Thanks, police, sheriff, EMS & everyone who came to our neighbor’s aid.

  • HS November 20, 2018 (2:54 pm)

    Are you kidding me? The police show up on a call for assistance / help, a crowd forms, one officer is attacked by the perpetrator then someone in the crowd attacks the other officer?  What the he**?People have gone insane. 

    • dianeseattle November 20, 2018 (8:10 pm)

      HS, as you noted, someone in the crowd actually got physical with an armed officer. What wouldn’t this violent maniac do if given an opportunity? And as usual, WSB coverage on site, in real time, eclipsed all other media in the area. TR, what would we do without you et. al.? You’re certainly my go-to source, WSB.

  • JB November 20, 2018 (4:41 pm)

    I’m two blocks from this and didn’t hear a thing as I use a cheap Marpac Sound Conditioner in my bedroom. No complaints from me and thank you Seattle Police!

  • SPD6844 November 20, 2018 (4:45 pm)

    We run the sirens during a K9 track to make/keep the suspect hiding in a bush and not running away.  It contains the suspect so he/she does not run away before the dog can find them.We know it is annoying but it is necessary at times.Hope that clears it up for you folks

  • DP November 20, 2018 (5:32 pm)

    For all of you people complaining about all the sirens and noise.  You should be ashamed.  They are doing their job to protect our community.  Get over it

  • Tressa November 21, 2018 (12:07 am)

    Thank you to all the law enforcement officers (human and canine) for your dedication last night.  I am very grateful for all you do and risk on a daily basis.  

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