Update 10:49 p.m.: The woman who saw the intruder tells us the man is now in custody.
Fortunately, no one was shot. The officer came back by and told me the guy had been prowling around the neighborhood causing mischief. He’s been caught and is now in police custody. Phew!
We still hope to hear from SPD to get more information.
Earlier: A woman who lives near 74th and Linden tells us of a scary encounter inside her home tonight:
At about 9:30 tonight, I was in my home near 74th and Linden when I looked up from my computer and saw a man standing in the doorway of my home office. He was in his early 30′s, about 5’10″, long brown hair in a pony tail. I asked who he was and what he was doing there. Then, realizing my husband was on a walk and I was in the house alone with my young child, I started to scream for him to get out of the house.
He started backing away, saying an officer had been shot 3 blocks away. I said I would call 911 and I did. He described the location to me and I relayed the info to the 911 operator. Then, he turned and ran away, towards Winona on Linden.
Within moments, an officer arrived and, after confirming the description of the man, took off in pursuit.
We’ve heard from several people that a helicopter was flying over that part of the neighborhood tonight, but we don’t yet know if it’s related.
We have a call in to Seattle Police and will update this post when we have more information.