Article Updated at 7:15 p.m., May 7 and 9:45 p.m. on May 11, 2022
LYNNWOOD, Wash., May 7, 2022 – Lynnwood Police Department responded to an active situation at the Hotel International off 196th St and Scriber Lake Rd in Lynnwood where an armed individual was inside one of the hotel’s rooms. The subject is in custody and is being evaluated by the EMT.
According to police, a man in “crisis” barricaded himself in his room. After hours of effort by the negotiation team and coordination with SWAT, the male surrendered to police without incident. The male was allowed to “come down” from their heightened state and then be evaluated by Fire/AID personnel.
The Lynnwood Police Department, North Sound Metro SWAT, and South County Fire have all arrived at the scene.
Lynnwood Times staff arrived at the scene around 3:15 p.m. as an LPD officer closed off Fuji Japanese Steak & Sushi House and Bank of North America’s parking lots. The officer told staff that there was “a situation at the hotel—possible guns involved.”
An employee of the steak house that shares parking with the hotel said that authorities instructed the steak house to close its business for the time being, and also shared that the restaurant’s water was off but did not know why—suspecting it had something to do with the situation.
According to a witness at the scene, the suspect fired a gun that struck a pipe and is currently in hotel room 208. Although there is flooding in the hotel, police haven’t confirmed if the suspect discharged a firearm.
UPDATE: LPD confirmed with the Lynnwood Times that the subject was unarmed and that the gunfire sound at the scene was suspected to be “the toilet being smashed by the subject.” The headline of this report has been changed accordingly.
Lynnwood Times will provide more details as the situation develops.