Standoff with Wash. police ends peacefully after high-speed chase


By Casey McNerthney
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
 
SEATTLE, Wash. — A 13-hour police standoff in Kent ended Saturday evening with a convicted felon in custody after he released four children, police said.

The incident started about 1:30 a.m. Saturday when Seattle police attempted to stop the 30-year-old man driving his mother's Kia Spectra erratically in South Seattle, State Patrol trooper Jeff Merrill said. Troopers and a police helicopter joined the pursuit, and the man barricaded himself inside his mother's house at Southeast 221st Place and 116th Avenue Southeast in Kent.

The man's mother and four children — ages 3, 8, 11 and 12 — were inside the home when the man and police arrived. The woman and one child left the house early Saturday. About 11:20 a.m., police negotiators convinced the man to release the other three children, who are not his, Merrill said.

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