Olympia police detain suicidal man with gun in Priest Point Park

Staff writerDecember 16, 2013 

Olympia police detained a suicidal man after he allegedly fired a shotgun at Priest Point Park about 10:45 Sunday night, according to Olympia police.

Olympia police responded to Priest Point Park after a sheriff's deputy patrolling in the area heard gunshots. Olympia police responded and found a 19-year-old man near the restrooms on the west side of the park. The man was holding a shotgun.

When the officers approached, the man threatened to harm himself and refused to comply with commands to turn over the gun. Police closed East Bay Drive while they talked to him.

The man told police he had fired multiple rounds into trees and park signs to see how the gun worked. Officers negotiated with the man for two hours, and he finally surrendered to officers.

Police transported the man to Providence St. Peter Hospital for evaluation.


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

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