Local man arrested in Seattle after gun incident

May 19, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

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Issaquah Police and a police dog search Front Street for an armed man May 14. By Warren Kagarise

Seattle Police arrested a 33-year-old Issaquah man who caused a lockdown at Issaquah school buildings May 14 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 May 15. Officers arrested the suspect about three hours after the Issaquah incident. His name will not be released until he is charged.

“In the meantime, we’re still conducting the investigation,” Conrad said May 18.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 May 14 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.

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 searched Gilman Village. Police also checked out 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.

Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink contributed to this story. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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