Guardian One chopper assists SPD in North Capitol Hill search

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.

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