Seattle Police arrest suspect involved in Issaquah confrontation

May 14, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

UPDATED — 2:34 p.m. May 15, 2009

Seattle Police arrested a 33-year-old man who caused a lockdown at Issaquah school buildings yesterday after police said the man brandished a handgun during a confrontation with an acquaintance.

Officers arrested the man in Seattle’s International District on a warrant related to another incident, Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said today. Officers arrested the suspect about three hours after the Issaquah incident. His name will not be released until he is charged.

Issaquah Valley Elementary School and the Issaquah School District administration building were locked down for about two hours in the late morning and early afternoon yesterday while police searched nearby for the man.

Police had identified the man by late afternoon.

The suspect and another man were involved in a confrontation at a medical building at 450 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The second man told police the suspect threatened him with a handgun. The suspect then fled on foot. No shots were fired.

Officers received a 911 call from the second man at about 11 a.m. Police said the two men knew each other.

Officers focused their search along West Sunset Way during the early afternoon. Conrad said officers checked out a residence on West Sunset Way occupied by an acquaintance of the suspect. No one was home during the search, but Conrad said officers spoke with the resident later.

Officers and a police dog also searched Gilman Village and the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

The school lockdown, which began at about 11:20 a.m., was ended at 1:15 p.m., when police determined that students and faculty were no longer in danger.

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.

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