Man Critical After Being Set On Fire Near 45th & Leary

Update 11/8/17:


Detectives are searching for 31 -year-old Christopher Burrus for the assault of a 39-year-old man Tuesday evening. Detectives believe Burrus doused the victim with a flammable liquid before setting him on fire.

If you know where police can find Burrus, please call 911 immediately and do not approach him. Detectives are asking you to call the homicide/assault tip line at (206)233-5000 if you have any information regarding this case.


Written by Detective Patrick Michaud, Seattle Police Department, on November 7, 2017 9:47 pm

Homicide detectives are searching for a man after he set someone on fire in the Fremont neighborhood.

A passerby called 911 just after 7 p.m. Tuesday when he spotted a man on fire in the 4500 block of Leary Way NW. He extinguished the flames while waiting for first responders. Seattle Fire medics arrived and took the victim to Harborview Medical Center where he is currently in critical condition.

Seattle Police Homicide/Assault detectives are currently searching for a male suspect and his girlfriend.

This is an active case and the details will be updated as we get more information from detectives. If you have any information regarding this case, please call the homicide/assault tip line at (206)233-5000.

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Photo courtesy Google Maps

Data Shows Ballard Locations With Most DUIs

According to Project Know, a website dedicated to informing people about addiction and treatment options, 15th Ave NW is one of the worst streets in Seattle when it comes to drunk driving and DUIs.

Three locations along this arterial – at NW Market Street, NW 65th Street, and NW 85th Street – are featured in Project Know’s top six accident locations around Seattle.  These three locations have been host to a total of 38 DUI arrests in 2015, second only to the area surrounding the University of Washington, which had 88 DUI arrests.

For those of us who live near 15th Ave NW, we know how dangerous this roadway can be – multiple lanes and few lights – many refer to it “Ballard’s Freeway”.  It will continue to garner this poor reputation until traffic calming measures are taken, including more stop lights.

Thanks to technology-based rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft, it’s never been easier to get from point A to point B.  Pull out your smartphone, link to the appropriate app, and you can order and pay for a driver to be at your side within minutes, usually at rates much lower than a traditional taxi.

So why are people still driving after they have been drinking?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this.  Comment below, or email:  I may use your comment in a follow-up blog post.

Access the full Project Know report here:

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North Precinct Open House: 01/23/2016

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Concept drawing of new North Precinct

The Seattle Police Department is hosting an open house on Saturday, January 23, 2016 to discuss the current status of the new North Precinct police station at Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street. They will provide updates on the project’s status, preliminary designs, and proposed construction schedule.

Date:  Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
Time:  10 a.m. to noon
Location:  Bitter Lake Community Center Annex at Broadview Thomson Elementary
Address:  13040 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle

Additional information about the new North Precinct station, including schedule, building design, and budget, is available at:  spd

Seattle Police Department Launches Crime Data Dashboard

Written by on October 21, 2015 3:18 pm

Today, the Seattle Police Department launched its Crime Data Dashboard, giving Seattle residents access to the same statistical information on incidents of property and violent crime used by SPD commanders, officers and analysts to direct police patrols.

“This tool provides Seattle residents with unprecedented transparency and accessibility to accurate and timely crime data,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “With this data at their fingertips, the community and Seattle police can build stronger partnerships to address and prevent crime.”

MobileThe Department developed the Crime Data Dashboard, which is the public-facing version of the dashboard that drives the SeaStat process, as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance public trust through transparency and to continue its push to effectively address crime and disorder in the City through its data-driven and community policing approach.

dashboard“Prevention, intervention, and enforcement are the key elements to reducing crime,” said Chief Kathleen O’Toole. “By providing this data, we hope it will help keep residents informed about what is happening in their neighborhoods, help inform our Micro Community Policing Plans and assist our community-based partners further strengthen prevention and intervention strategies,” she continued.

Dashboard users will now be able to view and sort historic and current data on crime across the city, in precincts, and in each Micro Community. Data on the dashboard is refreshed on a monthly basis and will account for any ongoing changes in the status of an investigation. Additionally, all of the data released through the dashboard is open-source and downloadable for further analysis.

For information about the Dashboard’s functions and features, check out the following video:

Police Report Maps – What issues are happening on your street?

The City of Seattle’s My Neighborhood Map System provides three ways of viewing crimes mapped online.  The Police Reports Map, screenshot below, is based on police reports taken by officers when responding to incidents around Seattle & in the West Woodland Neighborhood. The time for an incident to show on the map is 12 hours after the report has been processed. However, the time for a report related to the event to be made available online can take 2-3 business days.  This map is a useful tool for neighbors to review and share during block watch meetings.  Stay informed and know what is happening on your street.

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More details about the type of data that is reported on this map are answered in the Frequently Asked Questions section.  It is important to note, this map provides a good overview of reported activity going on in the neighborhood. The icons for these incidents are based on initial reports, and are subject to change as the investigation proceeds. For this reason, the mapped incidents will not match monthly crime statistics and will not provide a true measure of safety or crime in an area.

Welcome Officer Shannon Waldorf – New North Precinct CPT Officer

policeOfficer Shannon Waldorf is the newest member of the North Precinct Community Police Team.  Officer Waldorf will cover Green Lake, Wallingford, Fremont and South Ballard areas, which includes the West Woodland Neighborhood.

The SPD Community Police Team is a small group of officers assigned to specific neighborhoods. Their job is to understand the ongoing problems and concerns of neighbors and business owners, and then work together to resolve and prevent problems.

You can contact Officer Waldorf via email: or phone: 206-684-4739.

Below you’ll find a few useful links and information.

1.  Main Seattle Police website:
2.  Online contacts and services (non-emergency crime online, abandoned vehicles, parking complaints, etc):
3.  View police reports online:
4.  Crime data and information:
5.  Ballard South Micro-Community Policing Plan:

Seattle Police Department introduces Micro-Community Policing


In Seattle, no two neighborhoods are alike, nor are their safety priorities and concerns about crime. Micro Community Policing Plans are designed to put the Seattle Police Department‘s energy and resources into addressing the crimes that most concern each neighborhood.

Ballard plans are available as North & South, with the West Woodland Neighborhood being included in the Ballard South Plan.