Suicidal man armed with knife apprehended near Olympia post office Monday morning

Staff writerAugust 19, 2013 

Olympia police apprehended an armed, suicidal man who had stabbed himself in the leg Monday morning near the post office at Jefferson Street and Eighth Ave. S.E.

Police blocked Jefferson Street to traffic during the standoff, which started about 8:30 a.m. The man was sitting on the sidewalk, with what appeared to be a small knife lying by his side in the road. Police surrounded the man during the half-hour standoff, and moved in about 9 a.m., shooting beanbag rounds at him. Police also used a Taser to bring the man into compliance.

A woman who works in the area and was walking by Monday morning said the man had accosted her as she was walking in the area Sunday night.

Olympia Police Department spokeswoman Laura Wohl identified the man as a 27-year-old who had recently moved to Olympia from El Paso, Texas. She said Olympia police have no plans to place the man under arrest or charge him with a crime.

The man was taken by ambulance from the scene about 9 a.m.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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