Standoff Closes Alder Elementary School

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UPDATE: Police used flash bang devices to take the man into custody. When they entered the apartment they found the woman's body. The medical examiner will determine how she died. they have not released her name. The suspect remains in custody pending charges.

On Monday October 2, 2017, at 2:39 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to perform a welfare check at the Alderwood Court Apartments, located at 17225 Southeast Alder Street. 

When officers arrived on scene they contacted the caller to 9-1-1. Officers learned that a family member was concerned about a woman who lived at an apartment in the complex. The 9-1-1 caller informed police that family members were unable to contact the woman after they learned she was involved in an assault late Sunday evening or early Monday morning with the woman's adult a male partner. 

Officers responded to locate the female victim and check her welfare. The officers attempted to contact the victim but were unable to contact or locate the victim because of the suspect's behavior. 

During the investigation officers attempted to build rapport with the suspect so they could gain access to the apartment. The suspect would not cooperate with officers. Based on observations made at the scene and knowledge that the suspect has possible access to firearms, the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were requested to the location. 

SERT and CNT continue to attempt to locate and contact the victim as well as contact the suspect. Based on preliminary information officers believe the suspect and victim are currently in the apartment. 

Multiple nearby apartments have been evacuated. Any residents of the Alderwood Court Apartments that have not been evacuated should shelter in place during this incident. 

Alder Elementary School is located across Southeast Alder Street from this police incident. Alder Elementary School will remain closed. Police are in contact with Reynold School District personnel to provide updates. 

Southeast Alder Street will remain closed between Southeast 168th Avenue and Southeast 174th Avenue. 

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