UPDATE: ‘Scenes of violence’ response in Fairmount Ravine area, unfounded

9:02 AM: Seattle Police and Fire are responding to a “scenes of violence” call on Belvidere in the Fairmount Ravine area. Details to come.

9:09 AM: The address logged for this call is one to which emergency responders have been called multiple times before, including “person in crisis” situations.

(Added: Photo by Christopher Boffoli)

SFD responders were “staging” – waiting – nearby until police arrived, which dispatch has been told has just happened, so soon they should be able to verify what’s happening. “The initial report was that two people may have been stabbed,” is what SPD just told dispatch that they had heard from SFD, and now they’re going in to see whether that’s true.

9:19 AM: One person needs medical treatment, dispatch has just been told, “but no one’s stabbed.” So most of the response is being canceled.

9:25 AM: Our crew has just arrived and confirmed with SFD on scene that this was a false report of stabbings but one person does need treatment for “minor injuries.”

13 Replies to "UPDATE: 'Scenes of violence' response in Fairmount Ravine area, unfounded"

  • Bdubb February 26, 2024 (9:21 am)

    Checked out the area on maps. This looks like a rather shady area with lots of abondoned cars and a pathway into the woods. Is the encampment related? 

    • WSB February 26, 2024 (9:26 am)

      No, it is not.

  • bdubb February 26, 2024 (9:29 am)

    Good to know, thanks. Also, glad to hear nobody was hurt. It’s always scary to see ‘scenes of violence’ calls.

  • Richard February 26, 2024 (10:32 am)

    Shady area???  So you looked on street view & noticed several older cars parked at the end of Belvidere (which is a dead end & the cars are on private property!) & you assumed they were “abandoned” & thus, the entire neighborhood is “shady” … wowza, that is some serious critical thinking skills! 

    As a homeowner who has lived on Fairmount Ave SW for many years, our biggest concerns in this neighborhood are speeding drivers … period, full stop … zero sidewalks, slow down! 

    Other than that, if you consider raccoons, opossums, & barred owls “shady” then yeah, this is a very, very shady area.

    • ok February 26, 2024 (12:18 pm)

      Or, you know, an area with lots of big trees that provide shade. 

    • CBird February 26, 2024 (12:33 pm)

      not to mention all those trees causing all that shade!

    • notinfairmount February 26, 2024 (2:32 pm)

      I see you found the word “shady” offensive. I am not that poster. However, as a neighbor very close to Fairmount, the gunshots I’ve heard a large number of times from that ravine over many years (and even at least once into neighbors’ homes, no less) and police calls over a range of several years are disconcerting. It may mostly or entirely be from one house. Given that history, and the concealed nature of the property, I can understand why the area around that house would warrant concern.

  • Why February 26, 2024 (12:28 pm)

    Maybe @BDUBB meant shady, as in: lots of trees and shade? This is not a dangerous area. There have been dispatches to this location before and it’s likely a mental health issue, not a public threat.

    • Rhonda February 26, 2024 (3:54 pm)

      Random, errant gunshots ARE a public threat.

    • notinfairmount February 26, 2024 (4:43 pm)

      Mental health issues are a public threat when bullets fly into neighbors’ homes. Not an exaggeration. This happened. I’m not saying what the appropriate response should be. I don’t know what it should be! I don’t even know if this is related or the same property. But I am saying that physical fears about this are real, felt, and are not to be trivialized. Maybe this is no longer a real fear. I don’t know. But this was just last year and feels fresh. I hope any issues here have been resolved and people are getting the care and attention they need.

      • Why February 27, 2024 (2:07 pm)

        Understood. Thanks for your comment. I didn’t intend  to trivialize your real fear, and as a nearby neighbor, it must be terrifying.

  • Bdubb February 26, 2024 (4:22 pm)

    @richard resorting to attacking my critical thinking skills? Please!  I spent about 3 seconds looking at the street view of an area that I have never visited. I saw a fairly beaten up road, numerous junk cars and trash around it, and a strange looking path to some wooded area. As a long time resident of Seattle, I’ve had plenty of exposure to “dodgy” “sketchy” “shady” “questionable” areas that are often plagued by encampments that often harbor drugs, crime, and violence. This call was for “scenes of violence”. So the combination of facts and observations led me to ask a question. I think that shows a rather strong ability to think critically. Perhaps you need a little therapy my angry friend!Also, yes, speeding is an issue in the whole darn state! But again, this call had to do with a potential stabbing. So on second thought, maybe it’s you that has a problem with critical thinking.Nice chat #KeyboardWarrior

    • failure from jaws of victory February 28, 2024 (10:24 pm)

      Aw man! You had people defending you saying your harsh take was misconstrued BUT THEN YOU DOUBLED DOWN! O well. If I ever see a guy wearing a shirt with a name tag that says “Bdubb” I’ll approach with caution because you sure are one tough customer. Please be nice to me, I mean you no harm. I don’t have any shirts with name tags though so you’ll have to guess which cautious person is me. Good luck with that Bdubb! I have many siblings and we look alike.

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