Deputy shoots scissors-wielding woman in alleged Tuesday morning incident
A deputy shot a 57-year-old Thurston County woman in the hip Tuesday morning after the Sheriff’s Office says she charged at him with scissors.
The woman, believed to be suffering from mental health problems, was taken to an area hospital.
The deputy is a three-year veteran of law enforcement, but has been with the Sheriff’s Office for about three months, Lt. Tim Rudloff told The Olympian.
The deputy will be put on paid administrative leave, Rudloff said. Law enforcement representatives from Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties, as well as the Washington State Patrol, will investigate, he said.
About 7:50 a.m., Lacey Fire District 3 responded to a medical call in the 200 block of Peregrine Drive Southeast, just east of Marvin Road. A deputy assisted the fire department because of previous problems at the address, Battalion Chief Steve Crimmins said Tuesday.
Rudloff said the call came from the woman’s parents, who said she was having a mental health issue.
About 8:20 a.m. the woman allegedly charged at the deputy and was shot. Afterwards, Rudloff said the woman’s parents said the deputy’s action had likely saved their lives.
The woman’s medical status was not immediately available to The Olympian on Tuesday, but Rudloff said her injuries were non-life threatening.