Apartment building evacuated in search for shooting suspect

by: Graham Johnson Updated:

near BURIEN, Wash. —

King County sheriff's deputies safely arrested a 17-year-old shooting suspect Friday night in Boulevard Park after he holed up inside an apartment.

The search took several hours and forced the evacuation of neighbors in the Glencrest apartment building.

Deputies say they used a small robot to look into the apartment where the young man was hiding, saw movement, and ordered him out.

Deputies say around 12:30 Friday, a few blocks away, a man in a car recognized the teen as the person who burglarized his home last year and confronted him.

"The suspect then pulled out a weapon and started firing shots at the victim," said King County Sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West.

The shooter missed the victim, but shot up his car.

Nearby surveillance cameras captured pictures of the shooter. Later in the afternoon, a deputy recognized him and began a foot chase.

When the suspect took refuge in the apartment, some neighbors in the building were evacuated.

Hours later, as they returned home, they thanked deputies for safely ending the standoff.

"They did a good job, very good job," said neighbor Jose Olvera.