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August 30, 2022

UW Alert Seattle (Shooting)

Shooting reported at NE 47th St and 18th Ave NE at 5:12 AM. Shooter at large, traveling west. Avoid area. Info: alert.uw.edu


June 9, 2022

UW Advisory: T-Mobile regional outage

UPDATE at 7:20 p.m.: T-Mobile is reporting the outage issue is fully resolved.

UPDATE at 5:40 p.m.: T-Mobile indicated it has implemented a workaround and callers in the Puget Sound region, including in King and Pierce counties, should be able call and text 9-1-1 for emergencies.

ORIGINAL POST at 1:56 p.m.: T-Mobile is reportedly experiencing a regional outage that is affecting some customers in King and Pierce counties, as well as other parts of western Washington. Some users may not be able to call or text 9-1-1.

See the T-Mobile outage map: https://downdetector.com/status/t-mobile/map/

There is no known timeline for resolution yet.


May 25, 2022

UW Alert Seattle: Stabbing in U District

UPDATE at 7:04 p.m.: Seattle Police and UWPD continue to investigate the stabbing at the U District Light Rail station on Brooklyn Ave. NE, but the suspect has not been found. Updates will be provided here as available.

Suspect photo released by Seattle Police.

UPDATE at 6:26 p.m.: Suspect described as a male, about 5-foot-8, medium build, wearing blue jeans, black hat and a black shirt, riding a bicycle.

ORIGINAL POST at 6:19 p.m.: Stabbing reported at U District Light Rail station on Brooklyn. Suspect may be on campus.


May 24, 2022

UW Alert Seattle: Robbery in U District

UPDATE at 5:49 p.m.: Police have not located the suspect in the robbery at University Way NE and NE 43rd St. The scene is considered secure. All clear.

ORIGINAL POST at 5:30 p.m.: Police are reporting a robbery at a business on University Way NE and NE 43rd St. The suspect stole items and claimed to have a weapon, but none was seen. The suspect was last seen heading eastbound on NE 43rd St.

The suspect is described as a man, between the ages of 30 and 40, 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11, dark hair, wearing green pants, a yellow jacket and a white T-shirt. If seen, please call 9-1-1.

More info will be provided here as available.


April 20, 2022

UW Advisory Seattle: Verizon network outage

UPDATE at 4:45 p.m.: Verizon service has been restored for Washington state customers, including emergency calls to 9-1-1. Users are advised to restart their phones.

ORIGINAL POST at 3:12 p.m.: Verizon is experiencing a nationwide outage across the country and in the Seattle area. Some calls by Verizon customers, including to 9-1-1, may not go through.

Verizon customers experiencing an emergency can try Text-to-9-1-1, or call from a landline or a phone on another carrier. Please do not call or text 9-1-1 to test the system.

Verizon users can test their voice outage by calling #832.

There is no estimated time for when this issue will be resolved.

Updates will be provided here as available.


April 8, 2022

UW Advisory Seattle

UPDATE at 11:55 a.m.: All clear. The issue around dialing 9-1-1 from Seattle campus has been resolved. Campus phones should now be able to reach UWPD when dialing 9-1-1. Please do not test the system. Only call 9-1-1 for a real emergency.

ORIGINAL MESSAGE sent at 9:08 a.m.:

Officials have reported a 9-1-1 issue affecting parts of the Seattle campus. To reach UWPD, please call 206-685-8973.

Typically, 9-1-1 calls from campus buildings go directly to UWPD. However, due to an unknown issue, some calls to 9-1-1 from campus buildings are being routed to Seattle Police Department dispatch, which then need to be transferred to UWPD dispatch. More info will be provided in this post when available.


March 23, 2022

UW Indoor Alert TEST Friday at 7:30 a.m.

The UW Indoor Alert system is being tested at 7:30 a.m. Friday, March 25 on the Seattle campus. This annual test serves to ensure that the Indoor Alert system is functioning properly in the event it is needed during a real emergency. The test is expected to last no more than 15 minutes. 

Updates will be provided here as needed. More information on the UW’s various emergency alert tools can be found here.

UPDATE at 8 a.m.: The Indoor Alert test has concluded.


March 20, 2022

SPD investigating shooting at 7th Ave NE/I-5 Express Lane ramps

UPDATE at 1:38 p.m.: The Seattle police investigation is ongoing, but the scene is considered secure. Any further updates will be provided here as they become available.

ORIGINAL POST: Seattle police are investigating a shooting near 7th Ave. NE and the I-5 Express Lanes on- and off-ramps. There is no significant suspect description available. Please avoid the area. The suspect is believed to have left the scene in a full-sized white truck or SUV, such as a Chevrolet Avalanche or Honda Ridgeline. The direction of travel was unknown.

More information will be provided here as it becomes available.


March 5, 2022

UW Alert Seattle – Armed robbery in U District

UPDATE at 1:10 a.m. Saturday: Seattle police have tracked a cell phone that was taken in the reported armed robbery near NE 42nd St and Brooklyn Ave. NE to another area of the city. The scene in the U District is considered secure.

There were no reported injuries in the robbery.

ORIGINAL POST at 12:53 a.m. Saturday: Seattle police are responding to a reported armed robbery near NE 42nd St and Brooklyn Ave NE. The suspect displayed a firearm. Avoid the area, if possible. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.


March 1, 2022

UW Alert Seattle: Carjacking in U District

UPDATE at 2:45 p.m.: The suspect in the reported carjacking at NE 42nd Street and University Way NE has not been found and is believed to have left the area. The scene has been cleared.

If anyone has information to report on this incident, contact UWPD at 206-685-8973.

ORIGINAL POST at 2:23 p.m.: Seattle Police have reported a carjacking that took place at NE 42nd Street and University Way NE around 2:05 p.m. The suspect displayed a weapon and then headed southbound on University Way NE in the vehicle, which is a silver Dodge Dart sedan. No injuries were reported. 

The suspect is described as a man, age 18 to 20, 5-foot-10, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and a blue surgical mask. The suspect carried a firearm on his waistband. 


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