Knife-Wielding Suspect Taken into Custody
Published on May 05, 2021
Suspect Apprehended by Police Following Two-hour Standoff in the Kingsgate Neighborhood
Sergeant Eric Karp
Community Services Unit
Kirkland Police Department
Kirkland, Wash. – On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, Kirkland police officers responded to the Kingsgate neighborhood after receiving reports that a knife-wielding female suspect was threatening to kill her neighbor. The 37-year-old female suspect then barricaded herself inside her residence, resulting in a two-hour standoff. The suspect later attempted to flee the residence but was safely apprehended by police.
The incident began at approximately 5:20 p.m. after several residents of the Kingsgate neighborhood called 9-1-1 to report that a female suspect was armed with a knife. The suspect reportedly approached her neighbor with a knife in hand and threatened to kill her neighbor, and the neighbor’s children. The victim was not injured during the altercation, and she managed to flee the scene in her vehicle.
Kirkland police officers responded to the scene in the 13700 block of 116th Avenue N.E., where the suspect barricaded herself inside her residence. Police officers attempted to utilize de-escalation tactics with the suspect, who has a history of mental illness. During the interaction with police, the suspect made several suicidal statements and appeared to be experiencing a mental health crisis. At approximately 7:30 p.m. the suspect fled her residence on foot, but was safely apprehended by officers.
The uninjured suspect was involuntarily committed for a mental health evaluation. The Kirkland Police Department is investigating the incident and working with a designated crisis responder to assist the suspect in receiving mental health treatment. Upon the completion of the investigation criminal charges may follow.
For more information about the incident please contact Sergeant Eric Karp of the Kirkland Police Department at 425-587-3436 or at EKarp@kirklandwa.gov.