Not Your Usual Police Call
May 31, 2018
Seattle Police SWAT team members pack up after 13-hour standoff with sheriff’s deputy at the deputy’s apartment
(SEATTLE, WA.) – A fully decked out Seattle Police SWAT team, hostage negotiators, flash-bang grenades, a 13-hour stand off.
Cops raiding a dope dealer’s house? A terrorist’s hideout surrounded? No, they were trying to get a King County Sheriff’s deputy to come out of his Capitol Hill apartment peacefully on Wednesday.
To the good fortune of all involved it did end peacefully after some 13 hours Wednesday and King County Sheriff Deputy Berdon Parsons, 30, was taken into custody and booked in the King County Jail for Investigation of Assault.
It all began about 1:30 Wednesday morning when, “A man walked into the East Precinct and said his boyfriend, a King County Sheriff’s deputy, had assaulted him at their apartment in the 1500 block of Belmont Avenue,” said an SPD statement.
East Precinct patrol officers went to the apartment and “found the suspect had barricaded himself inside...refused to open the door for officers...then sprayed pepper spray underneath the door, causing officers to withdraw,” according to the statement.
So officers cordoned off the apartment building and called for SWAT, Hostage Negotiation Team members and traffic management resources.
Complicating the issue was the fact police believed the deputy had access to firearms so they had to close off surrounding streets and area residents were asked to stay in their homes.
Police negotiators talked to the deputy for over 12 hours trying to convince him to peacefully surrender. SWAT officers entered the man’s apartment shortly after 3 p.m.and took him into custody. He was later booked into jail.
Police also served a search warrant at the suspect’s home in an effort to “locate and recover any firearms or other evidence in his possession.”
Parsons had reportedly been a county sheriff’s deputy for a little over two years. King County Sheriff's spokesman Ryan Abbott told a TV reporter that Parsons has been on administrative leave since March for what was described as a “fitness of duty issue.”