September 27, 2011
Thanks to police officers for keeping all safe
Issaquah narrowly escaped a tragedy of epic proportions Sept. 24.
While a gunman died from retaliatory gunshots from the police, no innocent bystanders were hurt or killed. As the community reflects on what might have been — and what was — there is much to be grateful for.
Issaquah, King County and neighboring city police responded with the professionalism we expect. They made sure that children and adults nearby were safe before exchanging gunfire.
Comments from the earliest news stories posted at www.issaquahpress.com captured the terror of the ordeal, and the appreciation for the police kept coming throughout the next day. Here are a few excerpts:
- 12:42 p.m. — helicopters just landed on the community center – traffic is a mess. Police with guns drawn are blocking sunset @ 2nd. wow.
- 2:53 p.m. — A neighbor told me a guy was seen walking around downtown Iss w/a rifle, now a standoff. Stay indoors everybody til this is over.
- 2:16 p.m. — was going to an ASB event at the high school when everything unfolded. I was standing in the bus parking route when the gunshots went off. People were screaming from the courtyard near the fields and the police were shooting in the lower lot. I started running to the street and yelling to people to turn around and not come into the parking lot.
- 3:08 p.m. — I was at the game, we were packed under the bleachers. So so so scary! Saw the gunman. Incredible scary. We stayed there for about 2 1/2 hours, taking cover. Never thought I would be texting my loved ones just in case. Scary.
- 4:23 p.m. — Thanks Issaquah and King County police for all you do, my hats off to you!!!
- 4:25 p.m. — Congratulations to all of our officers for the amazing job they did in the line of fire by unknown numbers of shooters. They protected us without a second thought.
- 8:50 a.m. — Go Issaquah PD and King County Sheriff! I applaud your skill and bravery. I’m so glad nobody else was hurt.
- 10:34 a.m. — hats off to the officers and teams that were handling this….we are all so grateful that there were no injuries or worse in a stadium with so many young children.
It sometimes takes a good scare to make us appreciate the work of our public safety officials. This was a good scare, and thankfully nothing more — thanks to the preparation and care of our men and women in uniform.