At 4:00 AM the Seattle Police Blotter posted about a woman’s body that had been found at Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park, the central location of the CHAZ/CHOP, and major park in the Capital Hill neighborhood. Detectives are investigating her death as a domestic violence homicide. Negotiators and SWAT officers were attempting to get a person of interest into custody after he barricaded himself inside a small building in the park. Hours later the male was located deceased inside the building.
As the blotter states:
At approximately 8:00 PM Wednesday officers responded to the north east portion of the park to assist the Seattle Fire Department as they were performing CPR on an unresponsive female. Despite their efforts, the woman was declared deceased. Detectives were called to the scene and determined that it was a homicide.
At approximately the same time, officers received reports of a man who had broken into the Pump House on the west side of the park. After speaking with witnesses, officers determined that the man and the woman had a domestic relationship and had been staying in a makeshift shelter in the park earlier in the night.
Officers attempted to coax the man out but he barricaded himself inside the building. Negotiators attempted to establish a dialogue with him and eventually SWAT was called out to the scene.
Detectives responded to the crime scene to begin their investigation. The Medical Examiner also responded and will determine the cause and manner of death.
SWAT officers used a variety of tools and techniques to get the man to surrender peacefully. He refused to come out of the building.
At around 12:30 AM, according to the police, SWAT entered the building and located the man unresponsive inside at the bottom of a 10 foot tank, which contained approximately 50 gallons of 12 percent bleach solution. The man was declared deceased at the scene. Seattle Fire responded back to the scene with a HAZMAT crew to assess the scene and assist the Medical Examiner with the body recovery.