A resident who may have tried to break up a brawl in the street near his apartment at 13th and Columbia struck one of the brawlers in the head with a hatchet, according to Seattle Crime. The fight occurred around 12:45 a.m. December 17th. The alleged fighters said the resident was angry because the group was being loud. The resident told police he was trying to break up a fight and brought the hatchet for self-defense.
The loud group had just left a bar near 13th and Columbia when the fight, which was captured on a Seattle University camera, started. Witnesses told police the resident yelled, “Shut the [expletive] up!” from his apartment before coming outside armed with a hatchet and a buck knife. He also allegedly tried to sic his dog on the group.
One of the brawlers ran at the man, who struck him with the blunt end of the hatchet in the head several times. The man then tried to flee, but several people chased him down.
From Seattle Crime:
The suspect then took off running, and one of the group members gave chase.
The group member eventually caught up to the suspect, who told them “What I did was wrong. I’m sorry,” the report says.
Police showed up to the scene and contacted the suspect, who gave police a very different version of events.
The man told police he heard “people outside of his apartment building arguing possibly even fighting” and heard someone say “I’m going to kill you.”
The man armed himself with a hatchet to go break up the fight.
When he went outside, the suspect saw the victim run towards him, and struck him in the head with the hatchet, apparently to defend himself.
The victim of the hatchet strikes had a “severe” laceration on the left side of his head, but was not seriously injured. He was taken to the hospital. The resident also had cuts on his face and a swollen eye. He was placed into custody.