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Mitzi Johanknecht

Man arrested after shooting at police in lengthy standoff


(Burien) a Burien man was arrested early this morning after firing at police during a lengthy standoff. Police initially responded to the house for the report of a man firing his gun in the house while his sister was inside. (C16-017192)


A 66 year old Burien man is in custody after firing at police during a lengthy standoff.  The incident started just after 10pm last night at a house in the 1200 block of SW148th St. A woman called police and said her brother was acting strange and had fired a gun inside the house.

As the woman was on the phone with 911, the call receiver heard more shots being fired in the background.  Deputies responded to the scene and the woman was able to safely exit the house.  While deputies were outside of the house they heard another shot.

TAC30 (SWAT) and negotiators arrived and attempted to make contact with the man on the telephone but there was no response.   Around 1230am a “flash-bang” device was sent into the house and there was no response from inside.

Believing the man may have committed suicide TAC30 entered the house just after 1:30am.  As they searched the house the man yelled at deputies from a back bedroom. A negotiator tried to talk the man into giving up but the man fired numerous shots through the bedroom door and walls, nearly striking TAC30 members.

TAC30 deployed gas into the room and the man fired a couple more shots before yelling, “Uncle, uncle.”  He was taken into custody around 2:45am and booked in the King County Jail for Investigation of Assault 1.