Officers opened fire on the man around 11 a.m. after he fired a shot outside his apartment, said Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson. No officers were hurt.
Police had been called to the apartment in the 100 block of Bellevue Ave. East just after 3 a.m. for reports of a man firing a gun inside his apartment. Officers tried to coax the man out, but he refused and a standoff ensued.
"The person behind the door started making threats that they would shoot anyone who came inside the apartment," Jamieson said.
At one point around 8 a.m., the man emerged on his balcony with gun in hand screaming out to anyone who would listen. He also called KOMO News, but we encouraged him to surrender to police.
After seven hours the standoff escalated, according to police.
"The individual fired shots outside the apartment," Jamieson said. 'Our offices returned fire, striking him and he is deceased."
Jamieson didn't identify the man, but said he was well known to their crisis intervention team. Police say the man had a history of mental illness.
Those in neighboring apartments had been evacuated and streets surrounding the apartment were closed off as police and SWAT negotiators dealt with the situation.
A tenant from the first floor said on Thursday he heard "recorded rants" about revolts blasting from the man's apartment. A sign posted the man's apartment door warned city, state and federal worker that entering the building would trigger a nuclear bomb.