• Chess game escalates into armed standoff


    BELLEVUE, Wash. - A man surrendered after an 8-hour standoff in which police fired flash-bang grenades and tear gas into an apartment where an armed man was holed up in Bellevue after a chess game escalated into a confrontation.

    The standoff started around 2 a.m., when the suspect and a neighbor were about to play a game of chess at the Bellefield Manor apartments on Bellevue Way and 108th Avenue Southeast.

    Police said at some point, the suspect pulled out a gun and pointed it at the neighbor's head.

    The neighbor ran out of the apartment and called 911, but the armed man remained inside.

    Bellevue police evacuated four apartments and tear gas was set off in the unit where the man was holed up.

    Evacuees at the scene told KIRO 7 reporter Jeff Dubois that the suspect is the apartment building's longtime manager.

    Negotiators told the suspect over a megaphone he was "under arrest for assault," and a bomb squad robot with a camera was sent to check on the man.

    A SWAT team with an armed vehicle from the King County Sheriff's Office later joined Bellevue police.

    Officers lobbed more canisters of tear gas into the apartment, and shortly after, the man in his 50s was seen waving a white shirt or towel out a window.

    SWAT team members finally went in and brought the suspect out around 10:15 a.m.

     The man was arrested for investigation of felony assault, for allegedly threatening his neighbor with a gun.

     Police said they will obtain a search warrant to check the man's apartment for weapons.

     Traffic along Bellevue Way Southeast and 108th Avenue was blocked for hours, and two highway ramps were briefly closed.  Streets have since reopened.

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