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Mentally disabled man playing with Legos fired upon by Seattle cop

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, November 16, 2012 13:57 EDT
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A police officer in King County, Washington opened fire on a mentally disabled man on Thursday, believing he was brandishing a gun, but later discovering the object was actually made out of Legos.

The Seattle Times reported that the incident occurred in the morning hours, after several motorists reported a man waiving a gun at cars near a roadway.

Police told the paper they’d encountered him before, and that he’s got a “fascination with guns.”

When the first officer arrived on the scene, he did not comply with her commands, so she opened fire. Police refused to say how many shots were discharged, the report noted.

The man immediately fell to the ground, but was unharmed. Once more officers arrived on the scene they rushed toward him, only to discover that the gun was just a toy made out of Legos.

The man, who lives in a nearby mental health community, was arrested but he’s not likely to be charged.
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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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