UPDATE: Fauntleroy Way SW reopens after police deal with injured person in crisis

9:51 PM: Thanks for the tips. Police and fire have Fauntleroy Way closed both ways at SW Graham. SFD has a low-level medical call logged for that area but we’re trying to find out what the police component is about. Avoid the area.

10 PM: So far what we’re learning is that it’s apparently a person-in-crisis situation involving a bleeding person, possibly from self-inflicted injuries, who was out in the street. Police have just checked inside a nearby residence that is somehow related to the situation and report it’s “clear.”

10:07 PM: Police have told dispatch that the person will be taken to Harborview via private ambulance, so this should be clearing soon.

10:23 PM: A nearby resident tells us police have just reopened the street both ways.

ADDED FRIDAY AFTERNOON: Here’s SPD’s preliminary summary report:

(At 9:13 pm), officers responded to a disturbance in the 6000 block of Fauntleroy Way SW with a male banging on vehicles as they drove down the road. Additional callers to 911 reported a known male in crisis who was experiencing a “mental break.” As officers arrived in the area, information was relayed that the involved subject was armed with a knife and had possibly stabbed themselves. The subject had been hiding in the bushes until officers were on scene and emerged to confront officers. This subject was covered in blood, still bleeding from numerous wounds, and refused commands to stop approaching officers. Officers engaged the potentially armed subject who was screaming, “Shoot me, I want to die!” and detained him following a Type II Use of Force. EMT-trained officers arrived on scene and provided medical aid to the subject for self-inflicted lacerations until Seattle Fire could arrive.

According to one witness, the “Type II Use of Force” was a Taser.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of self-harm, 206-461-3222 is a 24-hour hotline.

6 Replies to "UPDATE: Fauntleroy Way SW reopens after police deal with injured person in crisis"

  • Tito April 14, 2022 (9:56 pm)

    Mentally ill guy having some type of episode in the middle of the street. Saw police taser him while looking out my window 

    • WSB April 14, 2022 (10:00 pm)

      Thanks, sounded like a person-in-crisis situation – what fragments I’m picking up.

    • Derek April 15, 2022 (12:15 am)

      Awful that this is what cops do. We need a different agency handling these situations and not police.

      • WSB April 15, 2022 (3:23 pm)

        In this case, as the added information indicates, police would have been called to assist anyway because the person was believed to have a weapon.

      • Question Authority April 15, 2022 (4:36 pm)

        Your blatant mistrust of the Police is no surprise, but who else would approach an armed mentally unstable person to get them help?  Do you really think a counselor could talk him into not bleeding out and to quit threatening himself and potentially others with a knife?  Get real as your utopia is unreasonable and unrealistic.

        • CAM April 15, 2022 (6:12 pm)

          Clinical staff, de-escalation teams, and unarmed security officers working in mental health facilities do that every single day. The weapon isn’t always a knife but there are still means to hurt and threaten others. The police are not the only people who respond to threats of violence. 

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