A horrific attack around 10:30 AM near 15th and Union has left one man dead. SPD officers responded to 15th and Union around 10:30 AM to a report that one man had attacked another with a axe. They have taken the suspect into custody and witnesses have identified him as the man who struck the fatal blows. UPDATE: We have a photo of the scene. While it is not gruesome, sensitive readers might not want to view the full image.
11:32AM – Man killed with pick axe near 14th and Union – Shocked neighbors in the area. I’m told the attack occurred in front of house at 15th and Union.
11:34AM – Man killed with pick axe near 14th and Union – A view of the scene. The body is obscured.
11:43AM – Man killed with pick axe near 14th and Union – SPD has few details at this point but confirmed that this is a homicide investigation. The adult male victim was dead when officers arrived. The suspect was captured in an alley a short distance away and identified by witnesses.
Investigators continue to collect evidence at the scene and Union is closed between 16th and 14th.
SPD will not confirm that the weapon was recovered but did confirm that witnesses reported the attacker used a pick-axe.
12:13PM – SPD report –
On November 22nd at 10:37 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of an assault in progress in the area of 15th Avenue and East Union Street. A man had attacked another man with an object that witnesses described as a pick axe. The suspect then fled on foot.
Responding officers found the victim dead and began a search of the area. Within minutes, officers located andarrested the suspect. What officers believe to be the murder weapon was also recovered.
The suspect has been transported to Seattle Police Headquarters for questioning. Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) detectives have responded to process the crime scene and search for evidence. Homicide detectives will be interviewing witnesses and the suspect.
More will be posted on this incident as soon as it becomes available.
12:36PM – No additional updates at this time. We’re checking to find out what we can about the victim and the suspect who was arrested.
12:42PM – We are reviewing police radio communications in the wake of the attack. Here’s the timeline as we re-construct it.
Multiple calls that a man has been attacked with a pick-axe
Suspect southbound in the alley between 14th and 15th from Union
SPD finds male found down on sidewalk at 15th and Union. Suspect is reported as wearing all black.
Victim is reported as adult male, unconscious, bleeding from head.
Another witness reports the suspect was wearing blue jacket, blue jeans and a beanie.
Call for an extra unit at 14th and Unit to clear school kids as the suspect is being surrounded.
Call for Union to be closed
Updated description: White heavy set male, 5’5″ 230, dark hair, black heavy jacket, black back pack.
Suspect is surrounded by multiple units in the alley and taken quickly into custody.
1:32PM – Street closure – East Union between 14th and 16th and surrounding streets remained closed as of 1:15 PM.
2:01PM – East Union re-opened – Per Alan’s comment below.
2:07PM – Bulletin sent to Seattle Academy parents – “It is possible that several of our middle school students witnessed the act.” Sent out this morning at 11:37 AM.
To the Seattle Academy Parent Body:
At approximately 10:30 a.m., a violent altercation between two men occurred on the corner of 15th and Union, kitty corner from the Temple Building (on the opposite side from the walking route of our kids). One of the men struck the other in the head with an ax; the aggressor fled between houses, walking in the opposite direction from the Temple Building. A suspect is, according to Seattle Police, in custody.
All Seattle Academy buildings immediately went on lockdown; all streets and sidewalks have been cordoned off by the Seattle Police Department, so access and egress from Seattle Academy’s middle school may be difficult for a period of time, at the discretion of the Seattle Police Department.
It is possible that several of our middle school students witnessed the act; our counselors are working with andwill work with those students, as well as the rest of the student body, to help them with a very difficult emotional situation.
Given that we are dismissing at noon because of the weather and that Seattle Police have cut off transportation to and from the Temple area, we are walking middle school students to the CUB and pick up for middle school families will occur at the CUB lot on the corner of 13th and E Union.
No other details are available at this time; we will keep you posted as we get more information.
As always, our faculty and staff have responded superbly and have done so with the best interests of your kids as their guiding principle.
4:08PM – Suspect details – We are starting to get more details of the man police suspect in this grisly murder. The 26-year-old is currently booked into King County Jail on investigation of homicide. He has recently lived on Summit Ave. SeattleCrimereports on his record including arrests in connection with assault and domestic violence cases.
4:12PM – Victim details – SPD says it will be releasing some details about the victim in this crime shortly. In the meantime, SPD would only confirm that the victim is an adult male.
UPDATE x2: SPD says the victim was a 58-year-old male. They can’t yet say if he is from the area.
4:56PM – Weapon details – We’re also hearing that the weapon used in the murder was more axe than pickaxe. We’ve updated the headline and some elements of the post to reflect that.
7:37PM – SPD says victim likely did not know attacker – SPD’s update on the 15th/Union attack:
Updated information on 15th/East Union homicide
A 26 year old male has been interviewed by Homicide detectives and booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Homicide. The victim is a 58-year old male. The weapon used in this attack was a hatchet, instead of a pick axe described by many of the witnesses. That tool has been recovered. The Homicide Unit is continuing to investigate this crime.
It is believed that the suspect and the victim did not know each other. This appears to have been a stranger type attack.