Man taken into custody after threats, standoff at Lynnwood business

After four hours, a SWAT team detained the man, who claimed to have a gun and barricaded himself in the 17700 block of Highway 99.


LYNNWOOD — Police say a jail booking for various felonies awaits a man who barricaded himself inside a local business on Friday.

Around 4:15 p.m. Friday, Lynnwood police responded to a report that a man was threatening a business owner with a screwdriver in the 17700 block of Highway 99, according to a news release. The man had no apparent connection with the business.

As officers tried to deescalate the situation, the man told them that he had a handgun in his waistband, the release says. Officers used a Taser but were not able to stop the man, who fled into a nearby room and barricaded himself inside.

The man put propane and acetylene tanks near the door and threatened to blow up the building, according to the release. Police evacuated the business.

“At one point the subject broke windows and was throwing objects out at the police,” the release says.

Around 6:50 p.m., a SWAT team arrived to help.

The man had started a fire in the building using the propane tanks, so SWAT doused the flames. The team also used a robot and other surveillance tools to see inside and create breach points into the building, according to the release.

“The suspect was hiding and non-responsive to directions,” the release says. “Less lethal impact projectiles were used after (the) suspect was located.”

Police took the man into custody around 8:55 p.m., more than four hour after the initial call. He was taken to the hospital for medical clearance, but will ultimately be booked into jail for various crimes, including second-degree assault, according to the release.

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