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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