At around 5:30 p.m. police apprehended a man suspected of stabbing two people near the Centennial Tower in Belltown this morning. After the stabbing, the suspected barricaded herself in her old apartment on the 24th floor of the building. After a standoff lasting all afternoon, cops said they got a warrant to enter the place, tried to negotiate with him, deployed a taser, and then took her into custody.
A Harborview Medical Center spokesperson confirmed two victims were sent to the hospital; one man remains in critical condition, and a woman has been discharged. A resident identified one of the victims as the apartment manager. Update: The man has died, according to the Seattle Times.
During the standoff, shortly before 2 p.m. one cop tossed a flash grenade onto the apartment's inset balcony, but the person inside did not emerge. Cops on the scene also used a pole to lower a "pelican box" with a phone symbol on it, according to one witness, but the suspect did not come to the window.
A Centennial Tower resident who wishes to remain anonymous said they'd been working from home all morning when they heard police yelling for someone to come out with their hands up at around 11:30 a.m. About 30 minutes later an officer knocked on this resident's door and told them to leave. Cops evacuated the whole floor, this person said.
The resident also said they saw an eviction notice posted to the door of the suspect's apartment before Labor Day weekend, but said that notice had since been removed.
In a blog post, the Seattle Police Department said the man they arrested for the stabbings used to live in the building but no longer does.
This post has been updated.