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Police burst into Capitol Hill apartment, stop stabbing in progress

A 29-year-old man is in the hospital and a 30-year-old suspect is behind bars after police burst into a Capitol Hill apartment overnight and interrupted a stabbing in progress, Jan. 11, 2018. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - A 29-year-old man is in the hospital and a 30-year-old suspect is behind bars after police burst into a Capitol Hill apartment overnight and interrupted a stabbing in progress.

The incident unfolded at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday after a disturbing call came into the 911 dispatch center from the Lyric Apartments at 215 10th Ave. Dispatchers could hear an open line with someone in the background crying and saying "stop."

As officers rushed to the scene, dispatchers radioed them and said there were loud screams over the phone and that someone was possibly high on drugs. The caller was able to provide an apartment number to the operator.

Police forced their way into the locked building and entered the apartment, where they found the suspect on top of the victim, stabbing him with a 12-inch knife.

Officers pulled the suspect off the victim and disarmed him, then took him into custody, said Mark Jamieson of the Seattle police.

Officers immediately began life-saving efforts for the victim, applying tourniquets and bandages to the victim’s multiple stab wounds. Seattle Fire medics arrived and took over the medical care, then took the victim to Harborview Medical Center where he was reported to be in critical condition.

The suspect, who also sustained injuries, was later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of felony assault.

The circumstances leading up to the stabbing are under investigation.

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