UPDATE: Bomb Squad Fires Water Cannon at Car After Reported Home Invasion

Renton School District officials confirm that Sierra Heights Elementary School is NOT affected by the investigation.

UPDATE, 6 p.m.: For the latest on this incident, see .


UPDATE, 1 p.m.: The bomb squad fired a water cannon at a car several times to open the trunk, confirmed King County Sheriff's Spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West. 


UPDATE, 10:55 a.m.: Several roads are closed in the Renton Highlands neighborhood while the King County Sheriff's Office, FBI and other agencies are investigating a reported home invasion and car bomb threat Wednesday morning.

King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cindy West said police responded after a neighbor heard shots fired a little after 7 a.m.

A couple of women in the house told police that three men came in “looking for ‘something,’” though they don’t know what it was.

An unknown number of shots were fired. The men told the women before they left that they had rigged a car with explosives, West said.

“We’re still trying to check out if this is even a credible story,” West said.

Authorities had to break the windows on a white Mercedes to search it because the windows were tinted. They are now checking other vehicles on the property, West said.

The FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, SWAT and King County bomb squad are on the scene.


UPDATE, 10:13 a.m.: is on a regular schedule while police continue to investigate. Local traffic is able to leave the area.

[Editor's Note: The original story mis-stated that Sierra Heights Elementary School was on lockdown. Patch regrets the error.]


Three armed men broke into a Renton house Wednesday morning, fired shots and fled, the King County Sheriff's Office confirms.

The men told the home's residents they had rigged the car with explosives.

Deputies were called to the home in the 10200 block of 128th Ave. S.E. just before 7 for a report of shots fired and someone yelling, sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West told The Seattle Times. No one was hurt. The residents said the suspects claimed they were looking for “something,” West said.

SWAT team and bomb squad members were on the scene.

Patch is headed to the scene and will update as details become available.

Kya hall April 19, 2012 at 02:25 AM
I am 10 and I heard a bomb like sound during 12:30 recess and another at 2:30 recess,teacher said there's nothing to worry about and we would have had a lock down.i want to tell my friend keely "i told you it was a bomb!"but school ended 5 hours ago.we did not have a lock down,ps:put me on tv!ps:my bff kelsey lives around there!
Jenny Manning April 20, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Hi Kya, Thank you for sharing your experience. There were quite a few loud booming sounds, most of which were produced by a water cannon. Luckily there was nothing to worry about, and the King County Sheriff's office was really great with letting the neighborhood kids get a closer look of their robots once they cleared the home.


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