Man arrested after going on Ramming Rampage in Burien Saturday morning
UPDATE 8/3/13 11:35 a.m.: A 58-year old Seattle man was arrested Saturday morning (Aug. 3), after he repeatedly rammed his pickup truck into the Highline Medical Center building, as well as into other objects and structures around Burien.
Police say he intentionally drove his vehicle into the hospital’s outpatient care entrance, causing significant damage to the entrance and lobby, before taking off.
The suspect is known to Burien police for having suspected mental health issues.
Police were called to the hospital and encountered the man as he was trying to leave the area in his pickup. The suspect then tried to ram a deputy’s patrol car and yelled for the deputy to kill him. The suspect drove away and that deputy pursued the suspect. The suspect successfully rammed the pursuing deputy and also hit a light pole near the Burien branch of the King County Library system.
The deputy was able to use a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) to stop the suspect. Then two deputies pinned the car into a pole at the intersection of SW 146th and 4th Ave SW where the pursuit ended. The suspect was pepper sprayed and taken into custody with minor injuries.
The suspect was transported to a local hospital for his injuries. The deputy whose vehicle was rammed by the suspect suffered minor aches and pain from the collision. The KCSO major accident reconstruction detectives are investigating the case.
Nobody was injured at Highline Medical Center, and the hospital is operating without any effects on services. Patients who use the outpatient entrance are directed to enter the hospital through the emergency room for direction on where to receive their care.
UPDATE 8/3/13 9:52 a.m.: We have also just learned from Detective Jason Stanley that this same suspect is apparently responsible for ramming other things around Burien, including light poles, flower planters and perhaps even the old community center building.
On our Facebook Page, Amer Halilovic posted this:
There is some damage with a car smashing into light poles and flower planters all over the road. Downtown Burien and the old community center location.
Burien police is all over the city.
The Highline Medical Center is located at 16251 Sylvester Rd SW.
Here’s a Tweet sent out at 8:18 a.m. from Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Office:
Headed to Highline Med Center for truck into building. Police pursuit followed. PIT maneuver and suspect in custody.
— Cindi West (@kingcosoPIO) August 3, 2013