Police: Armed man arrested Friday was depressed, suicidal
SEATTLE -- A man armed with what turned out to be a toy gun arrested Friday afternoon in Capitol Hill after a short standoff with officers had been depressed and possibly suicidal, according to the Seattle Police Department.
Officers were called 10th Avenue and East Union Street around 12:30 p.m. after witnesses reporting seeing a man brandishing a handgun and pointing it at people.
According to the police report for the incident, the suspect walked into a garage as officers were arriving and refused to come out.
The suspect's ex-girlfriend arrived at the crime scene after receiving a text from him reading, "I'm about to get arrested." A second text read, "Well I have been wanting to kill myself."
The suspect eventually surrendered and was arrested. According to the report, he gave officers permission to search his storage locker for the weapon, which turned out to be a toy.
The suspect's ex-girlfriend told officers they had been dating on and off for two years. She said he had been depressed and angry lately, and she broke up with him Thursday night.
On Friday morning, the suspect tried to return everything his ex-girlfriend had ever given him, but she refused to open the door for him.
According to the report, the suspect old officers he pointed the gun at a person with a storage locker near his in order to scare them. He reportedly said the person had assaulted him in the past but wouldn't or couldn't elaborate any further.
The owner of the neighboring storage locker said they had known the suspect for about a week and he seemed "very confused" prior to the incident.
The suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.