Security update: Downtown area around the King County Courthouse   

Seattle Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 on Third Avenue near the King County Courthouse in which two people suffered non-life threatening injuries. The incident, which occurred after regular working hours, did not involve any King County employees. 

Our first priority is your safety and security at work. King County continues to work closely with other local jurisdictions, including the Seattle Police Department, to improve security in the downtown area around the King County Courthouse. Some recent steps:  

  • King County Security, King County Sheriff’s Office and Seattle Police Department have increased their presence in the courthouse vicinity. 
  • Metro Transit moved the southbound bus stop in front of The Morrison, across from the courthouse, one block north.   
  • The City of Seattle added festival lighting in the trees in Jefferson Alley, south of the courthouse and in City Hall Park.   
  • The City’s Navigation Team continues to focus on removing encampments obstructing right of ways.   

 You can take an active role in your safety:  

  • Watch this video for tips to keep you safe.  
  • If you work after regular business hours and feel unsafe about walking to your vehicle or to other transportation, you may call the 24-hour Facilities Management Division Security Emergency Dispatch Center at 206-296-5000 and ask that a security guard accompany you. 
  • To report an emergency, or if in doubt, call 911. 
  • To report a non-emergency incident, call 206-296-5000, email, or use the online form 

 For more information, visit the Safety at Work webpage.