A 68-year-old Thurston County woman was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly brandished a replica shotgun at firefighters who had responded to a medical alarm at her mobile home.
Neither the woman nor the firefighters were injured, and the woman will be booked into the Thurston County jail on suspicion of second-degree assault, said Chief Deputy Brad Watkins of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded to the Skookumchuck Mobile Manor on the 21500 block of the Bucoda Highway in south Thurston County just after 2 p.m. Firefighters from Thurston County fire districts 12 and 15 had responded to a medical alarm at the address a few minutes earlier.
The woman allegedly pulled out what looked like a shotgun, Watkins said.
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“They did the right thing and got out of there as quickly as they could,” Watkins said.
Initially, the firefighters believed the woman had fired the gun at them, said Lt. Rudloff. He said that response isn’t all that surprising, given the high-stress situation. The sound may have been a slamming door or another “bang.”
“In the long-term, it doesn’t matter whether it was a real shotgun,” Rudloff said. “You still can’t go around waving a fake gun at people. It’s still assault.”
Deputies were able to remove the firefighters, who were hiding behind an ambulance and a ladder truck they had driven to the scene. Law enforcement communicated with the woman over a loudspeaker.
Eventually, deputies were able to get behind the mobile home and open a back door, Watkins said. The woman came to the door and was taken into custody about 4 p.m.
The woman is scheduled to appear in Thurston County Superior Court on Thursday. The Olympian does not release the names of suspects until they have appeared in court.