A sampling of Kent Police incidents July 2-13:
Shots fired near YMCA: 9:07 p.m., officers responded to the Kent YMCA, 10828 SE 248th St., for a report of shots fired behind the building at the basketball courts. Four bullet casings were recovered. Witnesses saw two males carrying guns and fleeing. No reported injuries.
Families brawl: 2:48 p.m., officers were called to a brawl between two families, threats with a firearm and one shot was fired (no one hit) prior to police arrival. It was a chaotic scene. Once parties were separated, the shooter identified herself and said she feared for her family’s life, however the victims reported she threatened to shoot them all dead and then fired off a round in the air. The female was taken into custody without incident. (Note: police did not release the address due to the ongoing investigation).
Man with knife: 9:53 a.m., patrol responded to a malicious mischief call in the area of Fourth Avenue North and West Harrison Street. The subject involved is well known to patrol due to his mental instability and aggressiveness toward officers and people in the community. The subject was punching the windows of passing vehicles and broke the reporting parties side mirror off. When the first officers arrived, the subject was confrontational and removed his shirt, and then proceeded to pull out a pocketknife with a 3-inch blade, putting it to his neck. Fourth Avenue North was completely shut down and from that point on, officers made every attempt to de-escalate the subject from a distance. He remained aggressive and did not follow any commands that were given to him, as he continually held the knife to his neck. After one hour of attempts to de-escalate and negotiate, the subject made it clear he was not going to cooperate and wanted to end this situation by suicide by cop. Ultimately, a noise flash distraction device was let off behind him as a distraction, at which point officers converged with the shield and arrest team. During that short period, the subject was able to slice his neck with the knife. He was quickly restrained, and immediate care was given to him until Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority took over. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where it was later determined his injuries were not life threatening.
Firework injures boy: 12:43 p.m., patrol responded to the Park Place Apartments, 1406 Maple Lane, for a 10-year-old boy who was severely injured by a firework, additionally it was reported that the child’s parent fainted. Officers contacted the child and tended to the child until Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority arrived. The child suffered significant injuries to his right hand due to the firework explosion. The injured child was one of several children playing with fireworks in front of the Horseshoe Acre Mobile Home Park, 1540 Maple Lane. The child was transported to Harborview Medical Center by medics.
Vehicle prowls: 9:30 a.m., officers were called to a multiple vehicle prowl at Modern Machinery, 22431 83rd Ave S. The same individuals are suspects of several more multiple vehicle prowls at other locations the same day. On more than one occasion, when approached, they pointed a gun at the reporting party.
Vehicle prowls, part 2: 1:21 a.m., officers were called to a vehicle prowl of at least 45 cars at the Amazon Fulfillment Center, near 64th Avenue South and South 212th Street.
Car fire rescue: 3:15 p.m., a Kent officer observed a car on fire at the Sweet Cheeks Espresso stand, 26215 Pacific Highway S., just across the city line in Des Moines. The officer was able to get the unconscious driver out before the car became fully engulfed. The driver was not injured, and Puget Sound Fire and Des Moines Police responded.
Harassment: 1:11 a.m., officers were flagged down by a citizen at the 7-11 at 10255 SE 240th St. The citizen notified the officer that he observed a couple verbally arguing. When he tried to help break up the argument, the male pointed a gun at him followed by a threat. The couple fled the area on foot. Officers located the couple behind Planet Fitness and the male was arrested for investigation of felony harassment.