LYNNWOOD, Wash., June 19, 2022 – Today, Lynnwood Police with the aid of North Sound Metro SWAT team apprehended a burglary suspect who barricaded himself in a local business between 196th ST SW and 200th ST SW after a five-hour standoff. Highway 99 was closed in both directions but reopened at 8:50 a.m.
Lynnwood Police responded to a burglary alarm at approximately 3:10 a.m. Sunday morning at a local pawn shop and ultimately determined that entry had been made into the business. Police entered the building to search it and could hear a suspect moving around upstairs. After surrounding the building and calling out to the suspect, he responded by breaking out a window and then barricading it.
The business owners confirmed that various firearms were accessible within the business, raising the potential threat from the non-compliant suspect.
The North Sound Metro SWAT team was requested and deployed to the scene. Numerous attempts were made to talk with the suspect, but he would not engage. Repeated attempts directing him to give up were broadcast to no avail.
After more than three hours of attempted negotiation, the SWAT team was approved to deploy chemical irritants into the building in an effort to drive the suspect out. This was successful and the suspect finally did exit from an upstairs window and was taken into custody without injury at approximately 8 a.m.
The suspect was treated by the aid crew for exposure to O.C. chemical and will be booked on felony charges.
Source: Lynnwood Police Department