UPDATE WITH PICTURES: King County Sheriff's Deputy Fires At Man With Lego Gun

A King County Sheriff's deputy fired a gun at an adult man Thursday on NE Woodinville-Duvall Road near Mink Road NE, the KCSO office said in a news release.

A King County Sheriff's deputy fired a gun at an adult man Thursday morning on NE Woodinville-Duvall Road just east of Mink Road NE, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

No one was injured in the incident. 

According to the Sheriff's Office, drivers had reported a man waving and brandishing a handgun at passing cars shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday near Cottage Lake. The first deputy arrived at the scene and encountered the man, who ignored commands and reportedly pulled out what appeared to be a black handgun from his waistband, raising the gun.

The deputy fired several shots and the man dropped to the ground. He was taken into custody and it was determined that he had not been struck or injured during the incident. Deputies then determined the gun was made out of Legos, according to The Seattle Times. Sheriff's officials sent photos of the toy gun on Friday and said, "the deputy would have no way of knowing that it was not a real gun from the distance."

The man is a resident of a nearby group home for developmentally disabled adults. He was taken into custody and involuntarily committed for a mental-health evaluation, The Times report said.

KCSO Major Crimes and MARR units are conducting a complete investigation of the incident. The road may be closed intermittently Thursday.  

On the Woodinville Patch Facebook pageAnn Swenson Stearns said, "We drove by at 11:30 am and saw about 8 officers, 5 patrol cars, a couple photographers."

Check back to this breaking story for updates. 

--Information from the King County Sheriff's Office.

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dorimonsonfan November 17, 2012 at 04:56 AM
The Sheriff did everything correctly, except miss his target fortunately. Whoever was being paid to watch the disabled man needs to be re-trained. Glad no one was hurt or killed.
DaveR November 17, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Glad nobody was hurt. This story needs some clarification though. Did the sheriff intentionally miss - which would be great or does the sheriff need some serious weapons training?
dorimonsonfan November 18, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Dave, police don't intentionally miss. That would be quite a safety hazard. Lucky thing they did in this case.
DaveR November 18, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Hmm - maybe they should try it once in a while (warning shots - that sort of thing). It might reduce unnecessary fatalities.
Susan Milke November 19, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I agree with DaveR. Warning shots would be smart. As long as no-one else it around. The police have killed to many people lately!


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