Seattle Fire: Delay in D’Vonne Pickett shooting response caused by MLK Way address mistake — UPDATE

KeAnna Pickett and D’Vonne Pickett, Jr. at the 2018 opening of The Postman (Image: CHS)

The Seattle Fire Department has confirmed that a mistake in the dispatch of medic units personnel to the scene where D’Vonne Pickett, Jr. was gunned down at MLK and Union last month cost valuable minutes in the efforts to save the life of the 31-year-old father, business owner, and youth football coach.

UPDATE: SFD has clarified that the delay was for Seattle Fire personnel to reach the scene and that it is still reviewing “whether there was an actual delay of a medic unit due to address change.”

The acknowledgement comes as the city prepares to mourn Pickett at a November 10th memorial at Climate Pledge Arena. Meanwhile, the man charged in Pickett’s murder amid a “psychotic” string of shootings leading up to the MLK and Union killing is also slated to enter his plea in the case next week.

A spokesperson for the department says Pickett was transported within two minutes to Harborview Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries but that a mistake in the initial dispatch delayed the arrival of Seattle Fire personnel. Continue reading

Annual Seattle Public Safety Survey is open with trust of SPD continuing to plunge in Capitol Hill and the Central District

You have until the end of the month to add your feedback to the annual survey process Seattle Police says it utilizes to help shape its approach to policing specific communities and neighborhoods in the city.

The annual Seattle Public Safety Survey run by Seattle University’s Crime and Justice Research Center and promoted through SPD’s social media channels including the deal the department maintains with the Nextdoor service is open through November 30th at publicsafetysurvey.org.

With questions on topics including SPD officer respect for “basic rights,” honesty, local trust, and “pride” in the department, the survey is part crime issue reporting, part customer service feedback. Continue reading

Police: Harassment investigation, ‘psychotic’ string of shootings led up to MLK and Union killing — UPDATE: Charged

Messages left at The Postman as the community mourns the killing of D’Vonne Pickett, Jr.

Court and police documents have provided new details in what led up to last week’s killing of a Central District man outside his MLK and Union business.

D’Vonne Pickett, Jr. was gunned down Wednesday night outside The Postman, the mailing services shop he opened with his wife KeAnna Pickett in 2018. The father, business owner, and youth football coach was 31.

Ashton Lefall remains held without bail for investigation of murder, assault, and unlawful gun possession. after police and SWAT arrested him in Seattle Thursday.

Police say Pickett’s wife witnessed the shooting after the two drove to The Postman Wednesday night and D’Vonne was approaching the front of the store. According to detectives, Pickett said she heard gunshots and turned to see “an adult male with a husky build, wearing a mask and a royal blue hoodie, standing behind some bushes with his arms outstretched in front of him.” Continue reading

Business owner shot and killed at MLK and Union — UPDATE: Arrest

A memorial has been formed outside The Postman

Pickett

A man was shot and killed near MLK and E Union Wednesday night in the Central District.

Police were sent to the area after multiple 911 callers reported gunfire just before 6:30 PM.

Seattle Fire was called to the scene to a report of a man down with a gunshot wound to the abdomen at the address of The Valley Apartments and multiple businesses including Joyce’s Market and The Postman “mail and business” shop.

SPD said the victim was transported to Harborview where he died. Continue reading

Somebody is throwing bags of poop in Kshama Sawant’s yard and SPD reportedly doesn’t give a shit — UPDATE

Somebody is throwing bags of suspected human poop into City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s Central District yard. The District 3 representative is calling on Mayor Bruce Harrell to direct the Seattle Police Department to do more to investigate what Sawant is calling “a series of disturbing incidents at my home.”

She also says she has photos and video of the man Sawant says was caught in the act that police aren’t using to pursue the case.

UPDATE 10/20/2022 4:45 PM: SPD has posted pictures of a suspect and is asking the public for help identify the masked man.

In a press release sent by the Socialist Alternative political group Sawant heads and not from her City Hall office, the veteran councilmember shares a letter sent to Harrell documenting six attacks involving excrement and what Sawant says has been SPD’s apathy in investigating the fecal matter.

“As a socialist City Councilmember who has participated in Black Lives Matter protests, I am being told that my case of six threatening incidents involving human excrement doesn’t merit even a serious investigation, let alone protection,” Sawant writes.

Sawant also criticizes the SPD leak of information from the case to “right-wing media” that she says has encouraged “further attacks” on her and her family.

Sawant’s full letter is below.

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911 | Broadway purse snatch, 23rd/Union gunfire, no updates in E Fir homicide

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  • Broadway purse snatch: Police were searching for a purse snatcher after a victim reported the theft Wednesday morning on Broadway. The 600 block E incident took place just before 9 AM where the victim said she had taken refuge inside a nearby business after the man grabbed her bag and fled to a nearby bus stop before walking away from the area. Police were searching for the suspect described as a white male wearing clothing including a medical gown and socks but no shoes and checking nearby school campuses, grocery stores, and medical facilities. A man matching the suspect was reported around nearby Lowell Elementary but was not immediately found. There were no serious injuries reported.
  • 23/Union gunfire: A bout of gunfire left behind shell casings but caused no reported injuries or property damage late Friday night at 23rd and Union. According to SPD, callers reported the three to four gunshots and a speeding vehicle around 10 PM. Arriving officers found evidence of a shooting but no victims and no damage at the scene. Shooting incidents in 2022 have jumped more than 30% in Seattle compared to the same period last year. The increase in the East Precinct has trailed the citywide total with around a 20% increase, according to SPD statistics.
  • E Fir homicide: SPD says detectives continue to investigate the early Friday shooting that left one man wounded and another man dead in an E Fir alley but declined to provide more information about the incident citing the open investigation. CHS reported here on the shooting involving a crashed stolen tow truck near 12th and E Fir early last Friday morning. SPD said information including whether the shooting involved self defense and the connection between the tow truck and the incident could jeopardize the case. The medical examiner, meanwhile, has not yet released its report including identification of the man shot and killed in the incident.
 

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One reported dead in E Fir shooting

A man was reported dead in an early Friday morning shooting in an alley off E Fir.

Seattle Police said they had responded to a shooting and that at least one person was wounded.

Multiple 911 callers reported gunfire around 4:30 AM and officers arriving at the scene found the victim down and shot in the chest and without a pulse in the alley near 11th and E Fir, according to East Precinct radio updates. Continue reading

911 | No serious injuries as scooter rider reportedly slashes tires and driver in E Olive Way road rage incident

 

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  • Scooter rider slashing: Police say the victim in a stabbing near the Crescent Lounge Saturday night declined treatment after a road rage argument got way out of hand along E Olive Way. According to SPD, the slashing happened around 7 PM when the suspect on a motorized scooter reportedly struck the victim’s vehicle by swinging his helmet. Witnesses said the driver got out and confronted the scooter rider, pushing the rider off his scooter. The rider then reportedly pulled a knife and slashed the vehicle’s tires before taking swings at the driver, leaving the victim with a “bleeding slash to his chest and one shallow puncture wound.” Witnesses reported the suspect fleeing eastbound on E Olive Way but police were unable to locate the scooter rider. According to SPD, the victim was upset but declined treatment by Seattle Fire. There were no arrests. Continue reading

No injuries reported as police investigate drive-by shooting at 23rd Ave gas station

Southbound 23rd Ave was briefly closed during the response (Image: SDOT)

Seattle Police were investigating and collecting evidence after a drive-by shooting incident locked down the area around the AMPM service station at 23rd and Cherry Wednesday night.

There were no reported injuries.

Multiple 911 callers reported gunfire just after 9 PM in the area of the gas station near the Garfield Community Center and high school. A witness described a scene involving a shooter firing into the gas station lot from a black sedan that sped from the scene. Continue reading

SPD bomb squad shuts area around Capitol Hill Starbucks Roastery to investigate reported suspicious boxes — UPDATE

Thanks to a CHS reader for the pictures from the scene

Seattle Police and the department’s Arson/Bomb Squad shut down the area around the Starbucks Roastery Wednesday morning to investigate a suspicious item.

Officers cordoned off the area around the Pike and Melrose coffee complex starting just after 6:30 AM when it was reported “two males in ski masks” had been seen leaving boxes outside the popular tourist destination, according to East Precinct radio updates. Continue reading