Breaking: Officer ambushed, patrol vehicle set on fire while he was inside it – no details released on suspect

SEATTLE, WA — A suspect has been arrested for setting a police car on fire while a Seattle Police Department officer was inside the vehicle.

The incident happened Thursday afternoon in the South Lake Union neighborhood near Dexter Avenue and John Street, according to a Seattle Police Department press release.



An officer was in a patrol car in an alley around 1:30 p.m. looking for a man reportedly brandishing a piece of 2 x 2 lumber that was on fire.


The man was located, but threw the flaming lumber inside the vehicle while the officer was in it.

More officers responded and chased the man into a parking garage where he was taken into custody after deploying a taser.


The post also said that one officer is believed to have discharged a firearm during the incident, but no one was hit.


As the suspect was being arrested, the police vehicle caught on fire from the piece of wood.