Ralph’s Thriftway was temporarily locked down Sunday night after a man with a gun was reported to be in the area, according to Olympia police.
The man, 37, who appeared to have mental health issues, was ultimately subdued by officers, treated by fire personnel, and taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital for evaluation. His gun turned out to be a pellet gun pistol, according to police.
Olympia police had been dispatched to the area of Fourth Avenue East and Puget Street about 7:10 p.m. after a report of a man with a gun. Police ordered the man to stop, but he refused and continued to walk away from them. He eventually ran toward Ralph’s.
Officers positioned themselves to prevent him from entering the store, then one officer fired rubber projectiles at him, which struck his pellet gun and damaged it. The man later jumped a fence into a nearby backyard. After he continued to ignore officer commands, Tasers were used to subdue him.
After the man was cleared by emergency room staff and mental health professionals, he was booked into the Olympia City Jail on suspicion of unlawful carrying of a firearm and obstructing justice.