Following a large law enforcement response on Cove Road on Monday evening, one person was taken into police custody.
The situation began early Monday evening, when a large group of law enforcement officers — operating more than a dozen vehicles, including a BearCat SWAT vehicle — staged their response at the Penny Farcy Memorial Training Center on Vashon.
The King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) asked the public to avoid the area of the 12100 block of Cove Road at that time, as law enforcement officers searched for someone in the area in connection with a suspected domestic violence incident, according to Sergeant Eric White, public information officer at the KCSO.
KCSO Sergeant Sam Speight said at the Training Center that the officers included a crisis negotiation team, a tactical SWAT team and regular patrol officers. The team also included a mental health professional.
By 6 p.m., a heavy police presence had gathered in front of a residence at 12119 SW Cove Road, and for about an hour called for an occupant of the house to come out through the front door.
It wasn’t clear if the person they were calling was inside the residence. At least two drones had been launched nearby, some in wooded areas surrounding the property.
At 7:11 p.m., KCSO spokesperson Sergeant Eric White said the alleged domestic violence suspect being sought had been taken into custody, and there was no threat to the community.
It was not clear where the suspect was arrested, or what the circumstances of their arrest were. White said he could not confirm that information on Tuesday morning, immediately before The Beachcomber goes to press.
KCSO has not yet named the person in custody as they have not been charged yet by the King County Prosecutor’s Office, and the investigation, as per KCSO, is still active and open.
According to Fire Chief Matt Vinci, Vashon Island Fire and Rescue responded to a call to the address at 1:27 p.m. on Monday. Shortly thereafter, KCSO deputies brought the reported domestic violence victim to Station 55, where the victim was treated and released.