Burien cop arrested after 13-hour standoff with Seattle Police Wednesday


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Burien Police/King County Sheriff’s deputy Berdon Parsons, 30, was taken into custody safely Wednesday afternoon after a tense, 13-hour standoff with Seattle Police at a Capitol Hill apartment.

Seattle P.D. initially responded to a domestic violence call around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday after a man walked into the East Precinct and said his boyfriend – a King County Sheriff’s deputy – had assaulted him at their apartment in the 1500 block of Belmont Avenue (map below).

Police say that Parsons refused to open the door for officers, then sprayed pepper spray underneath the door, causing officers to retreat.

Officers cordoned off the apartment building and called for SWAT, Hostage Negotiation Team members and traffic management resources.

Police believed the suspect had access to firearms, resulting in the closure of surrounding streets. Neighborhood residents were asked to stay in their homes.

Negotiators talked to the suspect for over twelve hours, working to convince him to peacefully surrender.

SWAT entered the suspect’s apartment shortly after 3 p.m.and took him into custody. The suspect has been booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Assault.

Police are serving a search warrant at the suspect’s home in an effort to locate and recover any firearms or other evidence in his possession.

Parsons had worked for the sheriff’s office for around two and a half years, and Sgt. Ryan Abbott said that he has been on administrative leave since March for a ‘fitness of duty’ issue.

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