Seattle Police and a SWAT team set off flash bombs and closed down city streets around the Denny Terrace Apartments Friday morning in an apparent standoff with a suspect believed to be in a unit inside the Seattle Housing Authority building.
We’re waiting for more information from SPD about what precipitated the standoff but residents in the area report hearing at least three loud bangs earlier this morning. As of 8:30 AM, Melrose was closed to traffic and pedestrians between Denny and John.
The suspect was reportedly armed according to SPD radio dispatches. UPDATE 8:35 AM: According to police radio updates, the suspect has been found dead inside the unit. Seattle Fire has been called to the 9th floor apartment to respond to the reported death. The scene is still active so please wait for the official all clear from Seattle Police.
UPDATE 12:40 PM: The suspect found dead in the incident was identified in Seattle Police radio updates as Adam Anthony Gua. The 28-year-old had been the subject of a Bellevue Police bulletin issued Thursday calling Gua “a dangerous armed car prowl suspect.”
Bellevue officers confronted two car prowl suspects in the past week; both had guns, and one fired his weapon. On August 29th, an officer was responding to a car prowl in progress in the area of 1600 184th Ave NE. As the officer approached the suspect, he ran away and fired a shot back at the officer. No one was injured, and investigators did find a spent bullet casing, although they did not recover the gun. K9 search teams, King County Sheriff’s Office Guardian One, Kirkland PD, Clyde Hill PD, and Redmond PD all assisted in the search but were unable to locate the suspect.
Bellevue Police say Gua was the subject of “numerous felony and misdemeanor warrants.”
UPDATE 1:50 PM: SPD reports that the suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound:
Around 3:30 AM, SPD received a 911 call from a man, who requested police respond to the 100 block of Melrose Avenue East to investigate whether or not the person sleeping on his couch was, in fact, a suspect in a recent car prowl and shooting incident, involving a Bellevue Police officer. The case had recently been publicized in local media reports. When officers arrived, they spoke with the caller who confirmed that the person inside was wanted by Bellevue Police and was still armed. Patrol officers requested SWAT units respond to take over the investigation. SWAT officers and members of the Hostage Negotiations Team (HNT) attempted to speak with the suspect over the course of multiple hours, but the 28-year-old suspect refused to speak with police. At 7:20 AM, SWAT officers heard a single gunshot from inside of the apartment. Officers made entry into the unit and found the suspect dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
SPD says Bellevue Police will continue its investigation into the original incident and the King County Medical Examiners Office will take over the investigation into the death of the suspect.
Interesting morning on Melrose Ave E.
Heard three explosions this morning, which neighbors are assuming was police breaking doors/windows. Plus a few of us were told to go back inside after we tried to leave to go to work. @jseattle pic.twitter.com/G9iVX9qvni
— Donny Schell (@dgschell) September 6, 2019
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Police first arrived at the building around 4 AM, according to East Precinct radio updates. SWAT arrived around 5 AM.
This is a breaking news story and has not yet been confirmed by police.