Man Hits Sister With Boat Paddle, Armed Seattle SWAT Team Arrives

| by Michael Allen

A man accused of hitting his sister with a boat paddle found himself surrounded by an armed SWAT team in the Beacon Hill area of Seattle on Wednesday night.

The man was not armed with a gun, but barricaded himself inside his home. He refused to speak to the SWAT team or a police negotiator, notes

Six hours later, the SWAT team entered the home and took the man into custody at 12:30 a.m.

The unidentified man was booked into the King County Jail on an investigation of domestic violence assault, noted

Seattle Police Department (SPD) spokesman Sean Whitcomb recently told The Stranger that SWAT deployment is "something that would only be brought out in situations where it's required."

When asked for an example, Whitcomb said a campus or mall shooting, or when police have "an idea of where they are, and we've got to move in safely."

When asked if the SPD used militarized equipment like Ferguson, Mo., Whitcomb said, "As far as this notion that we might use militarized equipment, I'm happy to say that we don't. We are a police service... The Seattle Police Department uses equipment and gear that is specific to our profession. And our profession delivers public safety services."

However, Whitcomb added that some of the SPD equipment might look like military equipment, such as the Lenco BearCat, which is an armored carrier (pictured above).

The BearCat has been sold to police departments around the U.S. for between about $190,000 and $300,000 with promises of keeping people safe.

"It's all an illusion," Jim Fisher, a former professor at Edinboro University and author of a SWAT team book, told NBC News. "The fact your police department just bought an armored vehicle does not make you safer. It's going to make you poorer, because your taxes will go up to pay for training and maintenance."

Sources: NBC News,,, The Stranger (Image Credit: Lenco)