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Domestic violence incident causes modified lockdown near Mercer Island mega block Friday morning

Mercer Island High School, Crest, PEAK and the MISD administration building were put on modified lockdown Friday morning because of police activity in the area.

Around 5:45 a.m. the MIPD notified Superintendent Gary Plano there was police activity near the high school related to a domestic dispute, according ot the MISD website.

Officers with the Mercer Island Police Department responded around 2:30 a.m. to a domestic violence assault in the 4300 block of 87th Ave. S.E. according to the department.

Earlier the victim of the assault fled the house after being assaulted and called police to report her 36-year-old boyfriend had assaulted her and was still inside the residence. She was treated at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland.

Officers who responded to the residence were only able to make minimal verbal contact with the suspect who was inside. He refused to leave the home and was not cooperative.

As a precaution, the police asked that exterior doors be locked at local schools. Around 8:20 a.m. a modified lockdown was ordered by the police department. Students were allowed to enter the building, but all students must remain inside until the lockdown has been lifted.

The Bellevue Police Department provided MIPD with a hostage negotiator, who arrived around 7 a.m. The negotiator spoke with the suspect for nearly two hours and was able to talk him into surrendering. He exited the home and was taken into custody at 9 a.m.

The lockdown was lifted at 9 a.m. after the suspect was taken into custody.

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