Police, SWAT arrest Bellevue man with gun powder after preparing for neighborhood evacuation

  • Monday, September 18, 2017 4:22pm
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A Bellevue man who was recently released from a two-week involuntary committal was arrested on Sunday after police and SWAT teams prepared to evacuate neighbors surrounding his home, where police discovered he had gun powder.

At approximately 11 p.m., Bellevue police, a hostage negotiation team, King County Sheriff’s Office SWAT teams and the county’s Guardian One assisted in a search and arrest warrant at the man’s home in the 16700 block of SE 14th St.

The 48-year-old suspect, who was released from a two-week involuntary psychological evaluation on Sept. 12, reportedly physically assaulted his teenage daughters on several occasions in the days following his release. He also allegedly pointed a rifle at his 17-year-old, threatening to kill her.

During a prior incident, police seized all of his known firearms for safekeeping pursuant to a court order. Since that time, police discovered that the suspect was in possession of gun powder, which drew greater concern for the safety of everyone involved as well as the residents who live in his neighborhood, police said. Due to these increased risk factors, law enforcement geared up to evacuate neighbors surrounding the man’s home on Sunday, should that become necessary. Bellevue Fire Department medics were also staged at a nearby location and a fire response was prepared in the event of a fire.

Police ordered the suspect outside of his home at approximately midnight. The man complied with the commands and was safely taken into custody without further incident.

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