It turns out a man armed with a toy gun on Capitol Hill was responsible for Friday’s two-hour standoff with Seattle Police following a distressing breakup with his girlfriend, according to police reports.
The incident began around 12:30 PM when officers responded to reports of a man brandishing a handgun around 10th and E Union. Within minutes an SPD SWAT team had surrounded the building.
Witnesses told police the 32-year-old man, reportedly suicidal after the breakup, waved a gun at several people near 10th and E Union before entering a garage storage space next to Alleged Tattoo. One witness who told police the man had a storage unit in the building and said he entered the garage space after looking “very confused.”
Determining that the basement storage unit was “not tactically sound for officers to enter,” officers attempted to talk down the suspect with a megaphone from outside the building.
During the standoff police say the man sent a text to his ex-girlfriend saying “I’m about to get arrested.” She then pleaded with the man to not get hurt, to which he responded “Well I have been wanting to kill myself.”
After a two-hour standoff the suspect surrendered his plastic bb gun to officers and was taken safely into custody.
The suspect later told officers he pointed the toy gun at a man in an attempt to scare him as the man had assaulted him in the past. The suspect also said the man was sleeping with his former girlfriend and the entire incident was over their relationship.
The standoff caused several blocks in the vacitiy to be shutdown and prompted Seattle University to lockdown its campus. The incident came a day after a gunman killed one person and injured three others at Seattle Pacific University in Queen Anne.