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Suspect in stabbing, shooting captured after 7-hour standoff

SEATTLE - The suspect in a stabbing and bizarre shooting incident is in police custody after a seven-hour standoff overnight in a Seattle neighborhood.

The drama began Thursday at about 11:20 a.m. when a man with a gunshot wound stumbled into a restaurant in the 2700 block of Rainier Avenue South.

Police responded to the scene and found the victim, who had been shot once in the leg. Medics transported the man to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Witnesses told officers a Hispanic man in his 20s had approached the victim outside the restaurant before opening fire. The suspect then sped off in a dark colored car.

Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

A few hours later, a woman called 911 to report that her boyfriend had stabbed her in the shin before she was able to flee their home in the 7900 block of Rainier Avenue. Officers recognized the boyfriend's name as the suspect from the restaurant shooting.

Officers approached the home and attempted to persuade him to come out.

When the suspect refused to come out of the house, officers surrounded the home. Using a bullhorn, they continued their efforts to persuade him to give up.

The standoff eventually ended about seven hours later, at around 2 a.m. Friday, when police obtained a search warrant and bombarded the home with a barrage of tear gas and flash bombs.

A robot was sent in and the suspect was found hiding in the attic suffering from the after-effects of the tear gas. He was arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault and for outstanding warrants.

Officers say the same man might also be the suspect who shot a man and woman at a Burien apartment on Thursday morning.

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