CRIME: Major Police Turnout Near Olde/Lake Burien Tuesday Afternoon
Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer
If you were near the Olde/Lake Burien neighborhood Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 21) between around 1:30 – 3 p.m., you may have wondered what all the police action was, with at least seven cruisers and two vans staged in a parking lot on 10th Ave SW near SW 151st Street.
It was not part of a drill though – Burien Police and King County Sheriffs were out in full force, with at least three donning full S.W.A.T.-style body armor, responding to a man who might be armed in an apartment building a few blocks south at 10th SW and SW 154th.
According to a woman who lives in the apartment complex, the man in question had personally threatened her over the last several days, one time with a gun, another time with a large rock. She ended up calling 911 to report the man.
At one point onlookers, along with this Reporter/Photographer, were told by an officer that, if we were to stay where we were, we might be “targets” of the armed man.
As of 3 p.m., it appeared to us that that the situation had not yet been resolved, as the police were still in the parking lot.
Here are some photos taken of the scene: