Police: Woman pulls gun in standoff with Seattle streetcar

SEATTLE -- A woman who refused to move out of the tracks brought the South Lake Union Streetcar to a standstill last Thursday before pulling a gun on the streetcar operator, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the streetcar was heading south in the 2000 block of Westlake Avenue shortly before 12:30 p.m. when the operator had to put on the brakes to avoid hitting a woman standing in the tracks facing the oncoming streetcar.

The stopped streetcar was blocking a driver trying to exit her vehicle, so the operator used the streetcar's PA system and horn in an attempt to get the woman to move out of the street.

In response, the woman said, "You shouldn't do that" and took something out from under the yellow sweatshirt she was wearing and pointed it directly at the streetcar operator, according to the report.

A passenger yelled that the woman had a gun, and the operator accelerated the streetcar, forcing the woman to step aside to avoid being hit.

Officers arrived to find the operator continuing her route, picking up and dropping off passengers, but were unable to locate the woman.