Northwest NEWS

June 5, 2000

Local News

Woodinville man arrested

   On Monday, May 29, at approximately 8:02 p.m., a 31-year-old Woodinville man armed himself with a pitchfork and confronted police officers in front of his sister's home, located in the 3400 block of 220th Street SE. Officers used special impact munitions technology to subdue the man. Although he suffered a minor injury, he was not severely injured.

   The incident began when the man, despondent over a breakup with a girlfriend, told his sister he wanted to die in a shoot-out with police. The woman reported her brother's threats to the police.

   As police arrived, the man armed himself with a pitchfork, brandishing it in a menacing manner toward the officers. The man ignored the officers' commands to disarm himself. He was struck with a single beanbag round, which was fired by one of the officers. The beanbag round knocked the man down, disarming him in the process.

   The man got up and ran into the house. Concerned for the welfare of a one-year-old child who was still inside the home, the officers quickly pursued the man and found him in the bathroom. The man ignored the officers' commands to show his hands. When he made a furtive movement toward his waist, officers fired a second beanbag round, striking him in the thigh. The man then surrendered.

   The man was taken into custody and treated at the scene by Bothell Fire and EMS. No other weapons were found in his possession. No one else was injured in this incident. The man told arresting officers that he wished they had shot him in the chest. The man was booked into the Snohomish County Jail and is expected to be charged with first-degree assault.