Kirkland police have issued a felony warrant for Matthew Gordon for first-degree domestic violence assault and unlawful possession of a firearm following a standoff which began late last night.
Kirkland police, as part of the North Sound Metro SWAT, served a felony search warrant last night at 13717 116th Avenue Northeast.
The warrant was a result of a domestic violence assault investigation during which Gordon assaulted a female with a handgun, threatening to kill the victim and then fired the handgun inside the house. Police said the victim may have been Gordon’s girlfriend.
As she fled the area Gordon followed her onto the street around 10:30 p.m. yelling. He then fired his handgun at her vehicle, striking it once, police said.
Around 11:30 p.m., police and the SWAT team had surrounded the house.
The officers called into the home but received no response. Officers began pumping tear gas into the house before they executed the warrant, searching the home multiple times.
Gordon was not located in the residence and Kirkland detectives are currently collecting evidence at the home and actively following leads as to his whereabouts.
During the ensuing investigation the police department learned that on several occasions the suspect has fired guns inside the residence and also fired a gun at other people in the home.
Capt. Mike Ursino with the Kirkland Police Department said at least one other long arm firearm was recovered from the house.
“We have reason to believe he is armed and dangerous,” Ursino said. “If you see him, do not approach him and call 911 immediately.”
Gordon is described as five feet, eight inches tall weighing 160 pounds with blue eyes. Police said they think Gordon has left the area and are actively searching for him.
He could possibly be driving a silver 2010 Toyota Camry with a Washington State disabled license plate of DP25833; a black 2015 Yamaha motorcycle with license plate 8D2710; or a green Mercury Cougar with unknown plates, according to a police press release.
Ursino said police had responded to the house for domestic violence calls multiple times before last night.
“We’re no stranger to the house, and we’re no stranger to Mr. Gordon here, so we knew what we were dealing with,” Ursino said.
The Reporter talked with neighbors who wished to remain anonymous due to concerns about their safety.
Neighbors said the cul-de-sac directly to the east of the house was evacuated by law enforcement. One neighbor said the SWAT team cut through her back yard to get closer to the suspect’s house.
“I really hand it to the SWAT team because I think they were trying very hard to keep everybody safe,” she said. “For that, I appreciate it.”
Multiple neighbors said they had seen many people coming and going, both from cars and on foot, from the house and that the police had been to the house before.
Neighbors said the police used a loudspeaker to try and contact the suspect. They also said they heard what could have been explosions.
On Friday morning, investigators and Kirkland police officers were still outside the house, including at least one Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent.
Police urge anyone who spots Gordon to call the Kirkland Police Department at 425.577.5656 or dial 911.
The Reporter will update this story when more information is available.