Elderly Milton man with gun tased by SWAT after brief standoff

Staff writerMay 13, 2014 

An elderly Milton man allegedly threatened to kill himself and drove a motorized scooter at police before being hit with a taser Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

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An 80-year-old man armed with a handgun was tased by police Tuesday after showing them his gun and driving his motorized scooter at an officer, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

The incident started shortly after noon at an apartment complex for seniors where the man lived in the 2800 block of Alder Street.

“We got a call about a suicidal man armed with a handgun making threats to hurt himself and anyone who stopped him,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

By the time the Metro SWAT team arrived, the man had allegedly driven away on his motorized scooter.

Police evacuated four neighboring units as a precaution.

SWAT members found the man about 1 ½ blocks away on a road in a forested area, donning a cowboy hat and handgun strapped across his chest in a homemade holster.

“He opened up his shirt, displaying the gun, and told the officer he had nothing to live for and drove toward the officer,” Troyer said.

The officer used a taser on the man, who was not arrested but was taken away in an ambulance for medical treatment.

Troyer said Milton police searched the man's apartment after the incident and found three rifles.

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