Police searching central Issaquah for armed man

May 14, 2009

By Staff

UPDATED — 1:49 p.m. May 14, 2009

Issaquah Valley Elementary School and the Issaquah School District administration building were locked down late this morning after two men, one of them armed with a handgun, got into a confrontation nearby.

The lockdown was ended at 1:15 p.m., when police determined that students and faculty were no longer in danger. 

Police are focusing their search along West Sunset Way, city spokeswoman Autumn Monahan said. Officers and a police dog were also searching Gilman Village and the downtown area at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.  

The confrontation between the two men, who knew each other, occurred this morning at a medical building at 450 N.W. Gilman Blvd. One of the men said he was threatened by the other man, who had a handgun.

Police described the suspect as a white male in his 30s, 5 feet, 7 inches, 130 pounds, with dark hair. He was last seen wearing a dark blue puffy jacket, jeans and tennis shoes.

If residents see the man, they should call 911 immediately.

Issaquah Police received a call at about 11 a.m. from the man who said he was threatened. He said the armed man fled on foot. No shots were fired during the incident.

Police told school officials that a suspicious person was in the area of the buildings, 555 N.W. Holly St., at about 11:20 a.m. Both buildings were then put into lockdown.

Lockdown is an emergency procedure school officials use to protect students and faculty from anything suspicious in the area that could possibly injure them, which could include a dangerous individual or a wild animal on or near school grounds.

Issaquah Police and a police dog search for an armed man in front of the Friends of Youth building on Front Street. — By Warren Kagarise

Issaquah Police and a police dog search for an armed man in front of the Friends of Youth building on Front Street. — By Warren Kagarise

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