Police: Van crash suspect climbed into ceiling

The suspect was described by a King County Sheriff's Office representative as "weird, unusual and dangerous."
By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |  Dec. 3, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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BURIEN, Wash., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Police in Washington state said a man crashed a minivan into a store, picked up some guns and climbed into the store's ceiling for a four-hour standoff.

A King County Sheriff's Office representative said the man, a convicted felon whose name was not released, crashed the minivan into the Big 5 Sporting Goods store in Burien about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and "drove across the showroom floor" to the store's gun case.

The man collected 14 rifles from the case and climbed into the store's ceiling before police arrived in response to the store's alarm system and 911 calls from witnesses.

"If you want to commit a burglary and want to use stealth, this is not the way to do it," the sheriff's representative told KING-TV.

The suspect engaged in a four-hour standoff with police and refused a negotiator's attempts to coax him out of his hiding place.

Police said a SWAT team on the scene used a robotic camera to verify there was only one suspect in the store before officers entered the building and subdued the suspect with a stun gun.

The sheriff's office representative said the suspect, described as "weird, unusual and dangerous," may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident.

A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms spokesman said the suspect will face federal charges due to his criminal history as a convicted felon.

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