Sandwich Shop Diner and Bike Sergeant Team Up to Save Life

On March 10 at around 6:44 p.m., West Precinct Bicycle Sergeant Rob Brown responded to a ‘man down’ call at a sandwich shop in the 1400 block of 3rd Avenue.

According to witnesses, the patient, a 29-year-old man, bought a cookie and asked for the restaurant’s restroom codes. A few minutes later, patrons heard what sounded like a body falling onto the restroom floor.

Out of an abundance of caution, a restaurant employee opened the bathroom door and saw the patient lying on the floor, unresponsive. A diner quickly checked the patient for a pulse and breathing. Detecting none, the diner instructed a second patron to call 911. The diner then commenced with CPR.

Bicycle Sergeant Rob Brown arrived and hurried into the store to evaluate the patient. Brown saw that the man’s face was pale and ashen, his lips were blue, and that he appeared dead. With the diner continuing CPR, Brown administered a dose of his department-issued nasal naloxone.

Within 20 seconds, the patient had a pulse. Shortly thereafter, the patient was breathing on his own.

Seattle Fire Department medics arrived on scene and took over emergency care.

Mere minutes later, the patient opened his eyes and sat up. The patient admitted to using heroin in the restroom. Seattle Fire medics transported the patient to Harborview Medical Center for additional treatment.

This incident marks the 17th time officers have successfully used naloxone since Seattle police began carrying it in mid-March.  The case will become part of the ongoing study conducted by the University of Washington into SPD’s use of naloxone for a possible department-wide deployment.

As a reminder, Washington law provides immunity from criminal drug possession charges for anyone seeking medical aid for themselves or someone else experiencing an overdose.

Quick Response Leads to Capture of Shooting Suspects

South Precinct patrol officers responded to the 4500 block of 15 Avenue around 1:20 p.m. today to investigate a report of a shooting.

Officers quickly located an adult male victim suffering from a non-life threatening gun shot wound. Seattle Fire medics arrived on scene and transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center for emergency care.

Witnesses provided a description of the suspects and the car they fled in.

Police quickly located the car, abandoned about six blocks away.

Shortly after that, police found the four suspects – three young men and one young woman. Officers also found the gun they believe was used in the shooting.

Ages are unknown at this time, but police believe all four suspects are in their late teens or early twenties. Police transported the suspects to Seattle Police Headquarters for additional questioning.

Police called tow trucks to bring both the victim’s car and the suspects’ getaway car to the SPD Processing Room for additional forensic investigation.

Officers will place the handgun into evidence for forensic analysis.

Sergeant Maccarrone commended the quick response and coordination of 2nd Watch South Precinct patrol officers and K9 Officer Gregorio as contributing factors in the successful capture of these shooting suspects.

This remains an active and ongoing criminal investigation. Information is subject to change as the investigation proceeds.

 

Motorcyclist Dies After Fall off of Viaduct

Police were called to investigate a fatality collision on the Alaskan Way Viaduct around 9:40 p.m. last night. Preliminary indications are that speed played a factor in the collision.

According to witnesses, a 22 year old man was traveling in the northbound lanes of the viaduct when he lost control of his motorcycle, struck a concrete barrier, and fell to the surface streets below.

Seattle Fire Department medics provided emergency care at the scene, but were unable to revive the man.

Traffic Collision Investigation detectives responded to the scene, processed the collision site and collected evidence.

This is an active and ongoing investigation. Information is subject to change as the investigation proceeds.

Police Respond to Three Fatal Heroin Overdoses, Remind Public of “Good Samaritan” Law

As of 2 p.m. today, Seattle Police and Seattle Fire Department medics responded to four reports of overdoses along the Aurora corridor in North Seattle. Three of these incidents were fatal. The fourth patient is receiving emergency care at Harborview Medical Center.

The overdoses occurred in the 7800 block of Aurora Avenue N., 900 block of N 80 Street and 900 block of N 102 Street.

North Precinct bicycle officers are canvassing the area for known heroin users and alerting them to the dangerous purity levels first responders have encountered today.

Washington’s “Good Samaritan Law” offers legal protection against drug possession charges to anyone who calls 911 to report an overdose. If you or anyone you know is overdosing on drugs, please remember you can call 911 for help without the fear of prosecution.

Anyone may also turn over heroin or other drugs to police for destruction by contacting officers via 911 or at one of our five precincts.

Given these latest reports, if feel you need to use heroin, please don’t do so alone.

Please also visit stopoverdose.org for more information on preventing opioid overdose deaths.

Holiday Crime Prevention Efforts Are Paying Off

Police officers in every precinct are focusing visible and plainclothes patrols in known crime hot spots in order to address holiday related property crime. Property crime and package theft were recently the subject of conversation during a Reddit AMA this past Tuesday.

On Monday, plain clothes officers spotted a car that they knew to be associated with complaints of package theft. Members of this same team had caught a package thief in the act just the week before.

Officers watched two people get out of the car and walk into the Rite-Aid in the 5200 block of California Avenue SW. One of the plainclothes officers followed the two and saw one of the shoplift, setting off the door alarm during her hasty exit.

Officers stopped the car and questioned the occupants in the near 34 Avenue SW and SW Findlay. Officers also stopped the shoplifter and arrested her at a nearby 7-11.  Further investigation revealed that the woman was a likely suspect in several recent neighborhood car prowls. She was also hiding methamphetamine in a small violin case and claimed to have health concerns.

Officers brought the suspect to Harborview Medical Center, where she received treatment. Once hospital staff discharged her, officers booked her into King County Jail.

In the North Precinct, officers have been hard at work preventing crime at Northgate Mall. When they aren’t staffing the ‘Skywatch’ tower, officers are conducting visible patrols in nearby parking lots.

Yesterday, an officer working high visibility patrols in the Northgate Target parking lot, spotted a car without license plates. When the officer contacted the occupants, the driver suddenly backed into the patrol car. Realizing that he wouldn’t be able to bumper car his way to freedom, the driver got out of his car and made a run for it. The officer gave chased and caught him. While the officer was chasing the driver, the other two occupants seized the opportunity and made their own escape.

The suspect told officers that he was overdosing. Officer called for medics and they transported the suspect to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation. The suspect will be booked into King County Jail upon release.