Seattle police working ‘to get a man out of a tall tree’

Posted at 7:31 PM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 22:34:16-04

Seattle, Wash. — Several streets in Seattle were closed after 11 a.m. Tuesday while officers worked “to get a man out of a tall tree,” according to Q13 Fox.

Authorities said the man was not being cooperative and at one point threw an apple at paramedics.

“Officers arrived at the scene, determined the man posed a danger to himself, pedestrians and motorists, and closed several surrounding streets. Police attempted to contact the man, but he refused to speak with officers,” the Seattle Police Department said on its online crime blotter.

“During early attempts to contact the man, who appears to be suffering from a mental health crisis, he threw an apple, branches, pine cones and other items at officers on the street below, and claimed to be armed with a knife,” SPD said. “Due to the his violent behavior and threats, and the man’s precarious position high above the ground, police are taking extreme caution to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

“Once the incident is resolved, Seattle Department of Transportation officials will review the health of the approximately 80-foot sequoia tree, believed to have been in place since the 1970s,” SPD said.