• King County sheriff's deputy in standoff charged with assault

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff and MYNORTHWEST.COM

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    SEATTLE, Wash. - Latest update: The King County deputy involved in a 13-hour standoff with Seattle police was charged with three counts of third-degree assault.

    Deputy Berdon Parsons is accused of using pepper spray on officers on May 30. He was eventually arrested after a SWAT team breached the doors to his Capitol Hill apartment.

    The Associated Press reports the deputy, who was on leave at the time of the standoff, remains in jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

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    5:46 p.m. update: Seattle police took the suspect safely into custody shortly after 3 p.m.. He was later identified as Berdon Parsons. 

    Police said Parsons had minor injuries. 

    Earlier story: A King County Sheriff’s deputy is the subject of a standoff with Seattle police and SWAT officers at his Capitol Hill-area home.

    The incident began at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday with a domestic violence call. A victim at the deputy's apartment on Belmont Avenue was able to make it out with minor injuries.

    The deputy, who has been with the department for 2.5 years, has been on paid administrative leave since March for an unrelated internal investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

    Seattle police said they are communicating with the suspect and are working off the belief that he is armed.

    SPD described the incident as a domestic violence suspect who was barricaded in an apartment building, and said in a tweet that the department would "not be confirming details about the suspect at this time."

    Police set off flash-bangs so that the suspect would not fall asleep. 

    SPD said drivers should expect additional traffic or detours because of police activity in the area. 

    Shortly after 1 p.m., Seattle police tweeted that the situation was "still unfolding."

     

     

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