Update: Edmonds police take suspect into custody after nine-hour standoff Sunday

Officers outside the home where an armed man was barricaded with a knife for nine hours Sunday, Jan. 23. (Photo courtesy Edmonds police)

After a nearly-nine-hour standoff, Edmonds police took custody of man armed with a knife who had barricaded himself inside a home following a domestic violence disturbance.

Police tweeted at 7:19 p.m. Sunday they had the suspect in custody. “He’s being evaluated by an aid crew for exposure to pepper powder,” the tweet said. Just prior to that message, police noted that explosions in the area were due to “SWAT team distraction devices” aimed at getting the suspect to leave the home.

Officers were called Sunday morning to the home, located in the 8200 block of 234th Street Southwest near the Aurora Marketplace shopping center, for a report of an armed man barricaded inside.

According to Edmonds Acting Assistant Police Chief Josh McClure, the incident began around 10:30 a.m. Sunday with a report of a domestic disturbance involving relatives. The suspect, in his 20s, had began harassing other residents in the home after he woke up and began breaking things, then armed himself with a kitchen knife.

When police arrived, they were met by two people fleeing the home, and police were able to rescue a woman who was still inside the residence. The home is located down a long, private driveway, and McClure said that one of the families living nearby chose to evacuate during the standoff while the others decided to stay.

A police SWAT team was called to the home, and negotiations with suspect continued throughout the day, until he was finally taken into custody. The suspect, in his 20s, is familiar to police and is “someone we’ve dealt with in the past,” McClure added.




One Reply to “Update: Edmonds police take suspect into custody after nine-hour standoff Sunday”

  1. Great Job, No one’s life was taken, and I’m sure it could have ended alot different. Edmonds PD Thank You.


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