Man barricaded in Edmonds apartment in custody
Updated at 8 p.m.: A burglary suspect who broke into an apartment in the 20900 block of 76th Avenue West in Edmonds on Saturday, March 11, is now in custody.
He had previously been armed with a handgun and had refused to come out.
According to Edmonds Police Sgt. Shane Hawley, a SWAT officer fired at the suspect when he pointed a gun at officers. The suspect was not hit, and surrendered shortly after that.
It was shortly after 2:30 p.m. when neighbors called 911 to report banging and other loud noises coming from a nearby apartment.
When police arrived, they found a suspect locked inside an apartment, and the apartment resident locked outside.
Hawley said the resident told police that the suspect inside, a man, was a former coworker who he worked with several years ago.
“He said he showed up out the blue, came into the apartment and started breaking things,” Hawley said. “He didn’t know if he was on drugs or what’s going on. Officers tried to hail the man outside, and he comes out with a firearm at his side. He retreats back inside and our patrol, not wanting to force the encounter, backed off.”
Hawley said a resident reported that he saw the suspect, through the window, with a gun to his head.
Residents were evacuated from nearby apartments.
A negotiator was called to the area, as were numerous SWAT teams. Because Edmonds is part of an interagency SWAT team, police units from around the area converged on the scene, including those from Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Mukilteo.