Shortly after the incident it was determined the handgun was a toy replica made of Legos, and the man is a resident of a nearby group home for developmentally disabled adults.
The deputy who fired the shots has been placed on administrative leave, pending further investigation.
The incident began when a motorist called 911 at 11:12 a.m. to report a man waving a handgun at passing vehicles along Woodinville-Duvall Road. in unincorporated King Couny.
The first deputy arrived and encountered the man who had the apparent handgun in his waistband. from about 25 feet, KCSO spokesman William C. Akers said.
After the man ignored commands to drop the weapon and hit the ground, he reportedly pulled the black gun from his waistband and the officer fired several shots and the man dropped to the ground.He was not hit.
The man was apprehended by other deputies who arrived on the scene and the weapon was kicked away.
It was then determined to be a plastic facsimile.
The man, unhurt, was taken into custody and placed under mental observation, Akers said.
It was not known at press time if he’d been released and returned home.
Although the incident was not in her jurisdiction, Woodinville Police Chief Sydney Jackson arrived at the scene quickly after shots were fired.
“It was a justified response from the officer,” Jackson said. “Yes, it was made out of Legos,” she said of the alleged weapon. “All black. Pretty realistic.”
Akers said because of the man’s mental capacity, he guessed he would not be charged with a crime.
“Obviously it could have been a lot worse but fortunately no one was hurt.”