Police shoot, kill man barricaded in Gregory Heights house Sunday night

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Late Sunday night (Aug. 10), police shot and killed a man who had barricaded himself inside his home after a domestic violence call in Burien’s Gregory Heights neighborhood.

The man – whose identity has not yet been released – died following a shootout with deputies from the King County Sheriff’s Office.

As we first reported, this all began with a domestic violence incident around 7 p.m. Sunday night in the 1200 block of SW 160th Street, then escalated into something much larger.

Neighbors reported that a SWAT team was called out, and a command center was established at Gregory Heights Elementary School (16201 16th Ave SW).

Here’s what the Burien Police Department posted on its Facebook page:

“Last night Burien officers responded to a domestic violence incident and attempted to arrest a man for assault in the 1200 block of SW 160. The man refused to come out of his house and brandished a gun while speaking with our officers. Officers backed away from the yard and called for extra assistance. The Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, Hostage Negotiations teams, and many others responded to the scene. After more than 4 hours of attempting to deescalate the situation and talk him into surrendering, he began shooting at our officers, forcing them to return fire. After shooting him, they were able to take him into custody, and immediately began treating his injuries. He was transported to Harborview and unfortunately, died while receiving treatment at the hospital.

Domestic violence calls are among scariest and most unpredictable incidents officers respond to. It’s always our goal to resolve the incident without incident and protect everyone involved. The officers are physically okay, and will be receiving counseling and support before returning back to work.”

Here are some Tweets sent out by the Sheriff’s office:


Photo courtesy Roger Gee.


Photo courtesy Angie Coy-Jackson shows apparent SWAT team members.

“A domestic violence suspect that doesn’t want to come out and be arrested,” Sgt. DB Gates of the King County Sheriff’s Office told The B-Town Blog. “He is the only one in the house and he is intoxicated.”

Police were attempting to talk him into coming out.

One Reader texted us this (to 206-659-8768):

“About 30 cops on our block surrounding a house on 160th right now. Guns drawn. Using a megaphone trying to get a guy named Tyrone out. Between 13th and 14th on 160th. Saying that they want to get ‘his side of the story and sort this mess out.’ 160th is completely closed off by police.”

Here’s another photo courtesy Amy Nevills, who says “Huge response tonight, tactical, medical, police…”


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56 Responses to “Police shoot, kill man barricaded in Gregory Heights house Sunday night”
  1. Steve says:

    Still continuing as of 9:20PM; I think they’re asking for a guy named Kyle, not Tyrone.

  2. Kathy Reed says:

    The name is Tyrone not Kyle. And they have shot tear gas into the house. It’s still going on. The command center is at Gregory Heights Elementary.

    • Teri Johnson says:

      We are just getting off Fauntleroy Ferry – does it look like we will be able to get to our house?

  3. Betsy says:

    Any news?! We are friends from out of state and lost contact with him 15 minutes ago.

  4. Curtis says:

    Sounds like a flash-bang was just fired

  5. Lyn says:

    Since I live very close to the ‘action’, I would greatly appreciate any updates anyone has.

  6. Aaron Easter says:

    Looks like it still going strong at 10:30. I just rolled by and the street is still blocked off.

  7. Destiny says:

    Does anyone know what’s happening now? I live nearby and just heard two loud explosions.

  8. Kevin Urquhart says:

    Command center still active at school

  9. Tanisha says:

    Anything new?

  10. Linda says:

    It is now 11:15pm and Tyron is now shooting from inside his home. A robot is on scene and I just heard several shoot from police.

  11. Kevin Urquhart says:

    Many shots fired just now..

  12. Gretchen says:

    We live a few houses away. We saw the smoke from the tear gas and then we heard a multiple gunfire a little after 11pm. At 11:30 now It now seems to be over. Kinda scary.

  13. Margo says:

    Still no more updates? Pretty sure the police/swat team killed him around 11:20pm. There were two loud shotgun sounds, then immediately a ton of machine gun sounds, then nothing. Complete silence. I live 2 blocks away and have seen police cars leaving the are since then.

  14. Joey DiJulio says:

    Tweets from KCSO’s PIO DB Gates sent a little before midnight said shots were fired by both the suspect and law enforcement, and that suspect is currently enroute to an area hospital:


  15. Hal M says:

    He was shot and taken to the hospital about an hour go. The situation is defused

  16. Tad says:

    According to @kingcosoPIO, shots fired by male suspect and deputies, suspect being transported to hospital, condition unknown. This was just before midnight.

  17. Loren says:

    I hope everybody is safe and where they need to be.
    30 cops for a drunk guy holed up in a house? SWAT teams? Assault rifles? Major arterials blocked off for hours? A command center???
    I knew some old school police officers and they would be amazed at these tactics.
    It is actually kind of scary.

    • Karen Boyden says:

      Scary for us— imagine how the guy inside the house felt seeing all that as they were trying to “get his side of the story.” Do they really think all that manpower is going to de-escalate the situation?! I find police behavior/tactics in general seem to make situations like this WORSE, not better. Police need to be trained how to communicate better with individuals who need help— with out automatically threatening with weapons, and swat teams.

      • jf says:

        I image Karen has no idea how police officers are trained, nor the exact details of the situation she’s spouting off on. Save the judgement until it’s you putting your life on the line.

      • james says:

        they shot him with a sniper rifle then the pussies wouldnt go in until they was sure he was unarmed and dead heard it live on main sw air unjustified as usual

        • GH resident says:

          They didn’t shoot him with a sniper rifle. I heard the gunshots. There were a couple bangs (probably the suspect), then pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop: six or seven shots, all evenly timed, exactly the same sound. That makes me think it was one cop.

          • ian says:

            we heard it on the scanner sniper took the kill shot you are wrong he did shoot at police first but the kill shot was from sniper on roof heard it live on king county sw police frequency

        • GEA says:

          And where were you when this happened? Assuming you don’t work in law enforcement, why don’t you hire in and make changes to the existing procedures?

        • Lynn says:

          Pussies???? Would you put on a uniform and go out and deal with this kind of crime???

      • ian says:

        well said Liked
        cant believe this post has low rating

    • Burienite says:

      Nice overgeneralization on your part. Perhaps you can give us all of the granular details of this incidents, as you seem to really have the pulse of what is going on. Were you there? Oh yeah–you weren’t. Just another armchair quarterback making grossly inaccurate statements about a situation you know nothing about.

      The guy refused to come out. He was known to have guns. He made threats to the police (multiple times). He was waiving a gun around. Then he decided to fire at the cops. They returned fire to protect themselves and everyone else.

      A very sad outcome, but completely justified. The individual is a human being, who made some really poor decisions, which ultimately led to his death.

      Again very sad, and I’m sure most would’ve liked to see it end differently (the cops included).

    • GH resident says:

      I’d rather have the violent, armed drunk contained in his house by 30 cops than roaming around my neighborhood. It’s too bad it ended the way it did, but other news sites reported that his shots hit at least one other house. That’s an appropriate time for the cops to return fire.

      • lifetimeresident says:

        I have friends that live right next door to this house. I am sure they were scared and very unnerved. The police actions were appropriate.

    • Loren says:

      I made my comments before the story was updated that he had weapons and was firing at random and at the police.
      I don’t like getting shot at either.

  18. ifitaintbroke says:

    Dumb-ass watches too many cop shows

  19. cletus says:

    I live 2 blocks away. Did anybody hear 2 large booms shortly after 10:00 p.m. ?

  20. txkelstar says:

    So sorry to hear he passed,

    • closefriend says:

      Thank you for your condolences. You are the first one that actually said that and I appreciate it. I was a close friend of this person and no one on here seems to know him. he truly was a good man, just made horribly choices while drunk. Thank you again for your sympathies.

  21. Kaelyn says:

    I was hoping to see an update this morning. Any news?

  22. TbC says:

    The news is reporting Tyrone is dead.

  23. james says:

    cops shot suspects left arm off

  24. Catherine says:

    We were told the man exchanged fire with police, was shot, and taken to the hospital where he died earlier this morning (Aug 11).

  25. Chinook says:

    The man killed posted a video on his FB page of a cop knocking on his door wanting to talk. The cop didn’t have a gun drawn, in fact he was smiling. You could tell that the guy was loaded. Talking about his 2nd amendment rights and that the cops were Nazis. Some of his friends on FB were egging him on to not let them in. Pretty sad! Apparently he was talking to people on his cell all the time this was happening according to the post on FB.

    • we heard that last night trying to get home, nice friends!! how did you see that? To bad us people with any smarts didn’t know his name and we could have gone the other way with what he needed to do! Then he would only be waking up in jail today

  26. Linda says:

    In regards to Karen Botden’s remarks on “The police need to be trained how to communicate better”. I live three doors down and watch the whole scene and the police talked with him over a PA System calmly for over three hours trying to get him to come out. They asked him to call them at 911 so they could work help him. They were very professional and this went on for hours never raising their voice or threaten him. This neighbor has lived there for over 15 years and has never caused any problems that I was aware of but unfortunately alcohol was involved and that can be dangerous when guns are involved too. When the home owner started shooting out into the street several rounds the police had no choice but to move in. It’s very sad it ended up with the death of our neighbor but with the professionalism of our police no bystanders or officers were injured. The police protected our neighborhood as they are trained to do.

    • Burienite says:

      Well said. Your assessment was spot on. A very tragic outcome, but the cops had no choice.

      • Heights Resident says:

        There might’ve been another choice, more like what deputies seem to do on Reservations. After the hostage was released, 4 guarders could have surreptitiously monitored the house from each angle through the night, freeing up officers for other calls. Like the call from the library. In the morning, when the man was sober & weak, an arrest might have been safer. His girlfriend could have advised officers whether the man usually carries a gun out. Aircraft operators could have looked through uncovered windows from a distance in the morning to see if he packed a gun to leave home. If he were known to be not armed, then an arrest would’ve probably been safe. If it was unknown whether he had a gun, then the road could’ve been quietly blocked off first.

  27. ifitaintbroke says:

    Sounds to me like the cat got just what he wanted.

  28. Catherine says:

    Reading the comments, everyone is up in arms about (1) the drunk guy with guns and (2) how the cops handled things, and not focused at all on the woman in the story, who is a victim twice over today – first of domestic violence, followed by loss of a loved one. I feel very sad for her having a double dose of grief to contend with.

  29. Bburien says:

    For those of you who have commented about 30 cops,talk him down, need more training. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT COPS FACE EVERYDAY THAT THEY PUT ON THE UNIFORM TO PROTECT US, and that even includes those that are making these comments. Stop making the comments on something you know nothing about. Yes I do know something about it, my Dad was a Police Officer for 36 years, my Brother is a Police Officer as well as my Cousin and many many friends…..

    • .Maggie Friant says:

      And they are police officer’s by choice and not because somebody made them be. They knew what risks they would be facing when they accepted the job. In recent years the cops killing people is on the rise and continues to rise daily. Cops think a badge is their license to kill, you see it everyday. When Ty said he just wanted to go to sleep they should of let him and then tear gassed him but no instead they had to fire off round and more then needed its obvious they wanted him dead!! they could of also let it die down until his mother and sister arrived and talked Ty into coming out but no they weren’t willing to do that. I hope karma bites these cops hard. The police always have their stories all planned out ahead of time.

  30. jimmy says:

    I have feeling that if this guy and the guy in st louis would of listen to the police commands they probably both be a live today R.I.P sorry to any one involved in this situation

    • Heights Resident says:

      Well, yes, Jimmie, but intoxicated people usually can’t listen effectively or retain information for more than a minute, if at all, because they are intoxicated.

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