Seattle Security Guard Slashed With Machete After Being Mistaken for a Cop

A security guard was slashed with a machete in Seattle after apparently being mistaken for a police officer, authorities have said.

The incident took place in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood on Tuesday night, not far from the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct where protests were taking place.

The 50-year-old man apartment security guard had been patrolling near the 1600 block of 12th Avenue at around 11.20 p.m. when a woman started yelling insults at him from a vehicle, the police department said in a news release.

A witness told police that the woman got out of her vehicle carrying a Nerf Blaster, then approached the guard and asked if he was an officer.

The guard was reportedly wearing a vest with the word "officer" printed on the front and back, police said.

When the guard walked away, the woman continuing hurling insults at him.

She then returned to her vehicle, retrieved a foot-long machete and began walking toward the guard and another person.

The guard and the other person tried to quickly enter the lobby of an apartment building on 12th Avenue to get away from the woman wielding the machete.

The guard tried to pull the building's door shut, as the woman fought to try and pull it open.

Police said that during the struggle, the woman reportedly slashed the guard on the forearm, leaving two five-inch cuts. The woman then returned to her vehicle and fled the scene.

Seattle police said that at the time the guard was struggling with the suspect, a group of protesters down the block had dumped garbage and set fire to a flag on the East Precinct fence line.

"Members of the protest group initially tended to the guard's wounds before police took over, placed a tourniquet on the man and called for Seattle Fire medics," police said in the news release.

The guard was later transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers located the suspect, who was not identified, at a gas station on Broadway a short time later. She had changed her clothing, police said.

The woman, who is 32, was booked into the King County Jail for assault.

Protests against police violence and racial injustice have been taking place in Seattle for more than three months, calling for the Seattle Police Department to be defunded, among other things.

Several blocks of the Capitol Hill neighborhood were occupied by protesters for two weeks in June—and dubbed the "Capitol Hill Occupied Protest" or CHOP—after police abandoned the East Precinct station following standoffs and clashes that were part of the nationwide unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.

A wall outside of the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct is seen on August 30, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. David Ryder/Getty Images