UPDATE: One man has been arrested after another person was found dead in this area, apparently linked to the first body found. From SPD Blotter:
UPDATE – Around 4 p.m. a pedestrian discovered the body of an adult female in the 7100 block of 1st Avenue S. This is directly underneath Highway 99. The woman suffered injuries similar to the first victim. Homicide and Crime Scene Investigation detectives are on scene. Detectives are looking into the possibility of a connection between the two victims.
Following up on leads from earlier this morning, detectives served a search warrant at a residence in the 700 block of S Southern Street. Detectives have arrested an adult man and are investigating his possible involvement in both of these murders.
ORIGINAL REPORT: A man was found dead in South Park this morning, and Seattle Police are investigating, saying they don’t think he was killed where his body was found. Here’s what they have published on SPD Blotter:
A man out for a morning walk along the Duwamish waterway made a grisly discovery: a body lying on the ground with severe head trauma. The man quickly called 911 and summoned police officers and medics.
Police and Fire personnel received the call around 6:30 a.m. and responded to the area of 8 Avenue S and S Portland Street. [map]
Seattle Fire medics proclaimed the victim, an adult man, deceased. Homicide and Crime Scene Investigation detectives responded and began to carefully search for any evidence or clues that
might offer insight as to what transpired. Detectives believe that the victim was assaulted somewhere else, brought to the Duwamish waterway bank, and left there.
Detectives canvassed the surrounding neighborhood searching for witnesses. This effort proved fruitful. Some area residents reported seeing a suspicious car in the neighborhood after midnight. Detectives will be working hard to follow up on any leads that will help solve this case.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Seattle Police Homicide Office at (206) 684-5550.
Police are in the 14th and Donovan vicinity investigating reports of gunfire. No one is reported to have been shot or otherwise injured, but an officer reported over the radio that she had found shell casings. Circumstances unknown, but just before this, officers had been investigating a reported fight in the 8800 block of 14th S.
Two updates from police this morning in last night’s motorcycle crash near the South Transfer Station: First, the motorcycle rider’s injuries are NOT life-threatening. Second, investigators say a hit-run driver is to blame, and hope you can help them find that driver. From SPD Blotter:
Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) detectives are seeking the public’s assistance for a hit and run collision that occurred last night on West Marginal Way South. The collision left a motorcyclist with a broken leg.
At about 8:15 last night, a 26-year-old man on his motorcycle was stopped facing southbound at a red light on West Marginal Way South, waiting to turn onto South Holden Street. Without warning, a vehicle traveling north on W. Marginal Way S. struck the motorcyclist, causing the motorcycle to fall over onto the man, breaking his leg. The vehicle continued to drive north on W. Marginal Way S. without stopping to provide information or render aid.
Seattle Fire responded and treated the motorcyclist. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center. His injury is not considered life-threatening.
The only description detectives have right now of the vehicle is a darker-gray (charcoal) vehicle missing its driver’s-door-side mirror. Anyone with information on this hit and run collision investigation is asked to contact TCIS Detective Schmidt at (206) 684-8935.
What was on the 911 log as a medic call early this morning has turned into a homicide investigation. From SPD Blotter:
Homicide detectives are actively investigating after a deceased man was found in South Park.
On November 3rd at approximately 1:23 a.m. officers responded with fire department personnel to a man-down call in Duwamish Waterway Park in the 7900 block of 10th Avenue South. Officers found an adult male victim in his 20′s lying on the ground in the park. The victim had what appeared to be several stab wounds to the torso and was unresponsive. Fire department medics declared the victim deceased at the scene.
The suspect(s) remain at large.
Homicide detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect(s) is asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000 and refer to this incident. Anonymous tips are welcome.
Early this morning, Seattle Fire responded to a car fire in the 8600 block of 12th Avenue South. This afternoon, they say it’s under investigation as arson:
Detectives are actively investigating a vehicle arson that occurred early this morning.
At approximately 1:15 a.m. officers responded to the 8600 block of 12th Avenue South to assist the fire department with a car fire. Fire marshals responded to the scene and through further investigation determined the fire was deliberately set. The unknown suspect(s) accessed the victim’s car, a 1988 blue Subaru, through an unlocked door and subsequently set the interior of the car on fire.
Seattle Police Arson/Bomb Squad detectives will now have responsibility for the on-going investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect(s) is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident.
From the South Park Yahoo! e-mail list, word that Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Joe Kessler plans to be at the next South Park Neighborhood Association meeting to talk with neighbors and hear about concerns. The meeting is at 7 pm Tuesday, November 12th, and he’s scheduled for 7:15 pm. SPNA meets at the neighborhood center at 8201 10th Ave. S.
Here’s what the big police presence at South Park Community Center overnight was all about. From SPD Blotter:
On 9/7/13, just shortly before midnight, officers responded to a disturbance at a large baptism celebration being held at the South Park Community Center.
There was abundant alcohol served inside, and several of the celebrants began fighting. Officers arrived, and were set upon by the crowd when they tried to break up the fights. The officers called for a fast backup, and a city-wide call went out for assistance.
King County deputies also responded, and lent assistance. Five officers were assaulted, with two having reportable minor injuries.
The community center was evacuated, and the crowd was dispersed. Two suspects were arrested and booked into King County Jail for assault.
Both officers suffered minor injuries.
5:46 PM: Lots of questions today about a big police and fire response at South Park Grocery just before noon today. We’ve been trying for a few hours to find out more, and finally just got a bit of information from Southwest Precinct operations Lt. Pierre Davis, who says: “Suspect went into the grocery store and caused a huge disturbance, tipping shelves and assaulting the clerk when he suffered a medical episode and collapsed.” That’s all we know so far; one witness reported seeing “a body” brought out of the store hours later, and we heard scanner traffic at the time about ongoing CPR. If and when we find out more, we’ll add updates here.
8:23 PM: Just added to SPD Blotter, more information:
Officers responded to a death investigation this afternoon in South Park.
Just shortly before noon, a 36- year- old male went berserk inside a store in the 8900 block of 14 Av S. The man destroyed merchandise and assaulted the storeowner. The storeowner defended himself with a small burst of pepper spray. Store video shows the male collapsing just prior to the actual application of the pepper spray. A citizen and responding officer administered CPR. Seattle Fire medics were unable to revive him.
Homicide investigated. It appears that it may have been a drug induced or health issue death. The Medical Examiner investigation will define the exact cause of death.
An unusual story from the Seattle Police Department’s SPD Blotter – a South Park family described as in the area of 7th and Director was started by a metal bar falling through the roof last weekend. They reported it to police a few days later, and this report includes photos. No injuries reported.