Bike officers working an East Precinct emphasis patrol arrested an armed felon early this morning after the man ran through Capitol Hill’s crowded streets while brandishing a handgun.
Police received 911 calls about the armed man running down the street near Broadway and E. Union Street shortly before 2 AM, just as nightclubs were closing for the evening and crowds of patrons were spilling onto Capitol Hill’s streets.
Two bike officers cornered the armed man in a parking lot near Harvard Avenue and E. Union St., where the suspect ducked behind a truck.
As officers closed on the man and ordered him to put his hands in the air, the suspect dropped a loaded handgun onto the ground.
Officers took the 31-year-old suspect into custody and discovered he is on federal probation, and is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Police took the suspect’s gun as evidence and booked him into the King County Jail for unlawful possession of a firearm.