Burien Police use deescalation training to aid man in crisis Monday morning


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By Aaron Wells
The Burien Reporter

At approximately 10:30 a.m. Monday morning (April 30), Burien Police were called to a welfare check in the 1400 block of SW 128th Street (map below).

They contacted a man stopped in a gray Honda Fit, determined by officers to be “unable to care for himself based on behavior,” said Officer Hennessy.

For nearly an hour officers utilized their department-wide, mandatory deescalation training to connect with the man, eventually leading him to voluntarily step out of the car. He was treated by medics who had been staged nearby and transported to an area hospital for further evaluation.

In addition to Monday’s deescalation tactics, Burien officers have also recently been trained in the use of “less lethal” shotguns which fire bean-bag rounds, intended to hurt the target without causing fatal injury.

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