Shooter killed in Suquamish house; another man arrested on unrelated warrant

Law enforcement blocked off Second Avenue from both sides Thursday afternoon after reported shots were fired. - Kipp Robertson/ Herald
Law enforcement blocked off Second Avenue from both sides Thursday afternoon after reported shots were fired.
— image credit: Kipp Robertson/ Herald

SUQUAMISH -- The standoff on Second Street in Suquamish ended at 4:46 p.m., when the subject of a felony warrant issued by Port Gamble S'Klallam court walked out of the house and surrendered.

Inside the house, on the living room floor, was the body of another man, shot by police after he allegedly pulled a gun and opened fire two hours earlier when they attempted to serve the warrant on the man who ultimately surrendered. Officers retreated from the house, taking a woman out of the house for her own safety, then evacuating neighboring homes. SWAT officers and crisis negotiators went to the scene.

When the subject of the warrant surrendered, officers went into the house, found the man lying on the floor, and a long night of piecing together the details of what happened began.

Dr. Richard Jones, superintendent of the North Kitsap School District, was in communication with the sheriff's office because of the incident's proximity to Suquamish Elementary School. "We were notified by the Kitsap County Sheriff's Department at 5 p.m. that the situation has been resolved," Jones wrote in an email to parents and staff members Thursday after receiving the notification.

"Many of you may be aware of an incident requiring law enforcement response in the vicinity of Suquamish Elementary School late this afternoon. We were informed that as of 4 p.m. today, the area around Second and Center Streets in Suquamish had been contained by law enforcement and the situation there was considered 'not resolved and still dangerous.'

"Suquamish Elementary students that are transported by school bus out of the area were allowed to leave on time after school was dismissed, but students who walk to and from school remained until staff was able to contact a parent or guardian for each. By 4:30 p.m., all Suquamish Elementary students had been escorted home, or picked up by an adult and were safe. We appreciate the quick and appropriate response by the members of the Suquamish Elementary staff as they worked together to keep students safe, notify families and in some cases, escort students home with parent permission.

"We were notified by the Kitsap County Sheriff's Department at 5 p.m. that the situation has been resolved. There will be no disruption to school or bus service tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 9. If for any reason this should change, we will use our notification systems, including the Alert Now phone system to inform families."

Sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson said Port Gamble S'Klallam police officers, assisted by Suquamish police officers and sheriff’s officers, arrived at the house on Second Avenue in Suquamish shortly before 3 p.m. to serve the warrant. After entering the house, a man was being taken into custody when another person, seated, reached for a concealed weapon and fired, according to Wilson's report. Officers returned fire then left the house, taking the woman with them for her safety.

The area was "contained," Wilson said. Surrounded by law enforcement and SWAT officers, there was "nowhere for them to go," he said of the two people in the house.

Officers were dispatched to the scene at 2:50 p.m. and by 2:57 p.m. were evacuating people from nearby homes and attempting to establish contact with someone in the house. The shooting took place within a half-mile from Suquamish Elementary School. Students were scheduled to be dismissed from school at 3:45 p.m. The school was not locked down, but students who did not take the bus were directed to wait at the school until a parent picked them up.

A reader wrote on Facebook at 4:10 p.m. that her family was evacuated and the sheriff’s office told them they could not return for at least 2-3 hours.”

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