Police arrested a 46-year-old woman Wednesday after she allegedly stabbed two people — one of whom later died — and barricaded herself in an apartment building in Belltown for hours, authorities said.
Negotiators, mental health providers, crisis intervention officers and SWAT officers responded to the building in the 2500 block of Fourth Avenue around 11:30 a.m., after receiving reports that a woman who used to live in the building had returned and stabbed two people, according to a statement from the Seattle Police Department.
Some people were evacuated from the building while officers responded to the stabbing, police said.
Officers unsuccessfully tried to contact the woman, and later applied for and received a warrant from a Seattle Municipal Court judge to enter the apartment, the statement said.
Police said officers continued trying to talk to the woman, but she “refused to exit.” By 5:15 p.m., officers had taken her into custody — which occurred after they entered the apartment and used a stun gun on her, police said.
The woman was booked into King County Jail on investigation of assault, police said.
Both victims were transported to Harborview Medical Center, where the man later died of his injuries. The other victim, a 43-year-old woman, was in serious condition.
All northbound lanes were temporarily blocked off on Fourth Avenue at Battery Street while police investigated the incident, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.
No further information was immediately available.