The King County Sheriff’s Guardian One helicopter hovered over the North Capitol Hill neighborhood streets around Stevens Elementary early Thursday morning to assist in a police search for a person reported to be suffering a mental crisis and suicidal who had last been spotted in the area.
The large chopper arrived over the area and began assisting Seattle Police in the search around 1 AM but the person could not be located after around 20 minutes of searching.
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The King County Sheriff’s Air Support Unit is the only full-time rotary-wing law enforcement aviation unit in Washington. It operates six days a week and is sometimes called in to help SPD in searches and more. Earlier in the night, the unit had helped SPD in a reported West Seattle burglary, responded to an “unfounded” report of somebody falling off a cliff in Burien, and swung by the Sounders game at CenturyLink, according to @KCSOAirsupport.