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Homicide suspect reported in custody after standoff at Yesler Terrace homeless encampment

A major police effort was completed without incident Wednesday afternoon with a homicide suspect taken into custody from a tent in a homeless encampment area just below Yesler Terrace.

Seattle Police and SWAT officers were reported in positions surrounding the camp area near 10th and S Washington just before 3 PM.

Police and a Bearcat armored vehicle moved into the area following reports of an armed suspect inside a large tent in the encampment, according to police radio updates.

With the area surrounded, the suspect was taken into custody without incident after being contacted by a police negotiator around 3:30 PM, according to the radio reports.

There were no reported injuries. We do not now if any weapons were recovered at the scene.

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2 thoughts on “Homicide suspect reported in custody after standoff at Yesler Terrace homeless encampment

  1. 10 years ago a friend who is a cop called to tell us he had arrested for murder suspect living at the Saint Mark’s tent city.

    The city attorney should be providing us up-to-date statistics on how many criminals or those suspected of crimes, (particularly violent) are found in encampments and tent cities.

  2. at the very least, they should check for warrants in all illegal encampments – they are trespassing as it is, so a warrant check is not unreasonable.