Artificial leg causes gunman scare
BELLINGHAM, Wash. ” The woman suspected foul play was afoot; she just had no idea what it was.
Police barricaded streets near a branch of St. Joseph Hospital after that woman called to report a man with an assault rifle walking into a medical office building. The assault rifle turned out to be a prosthetic leg, Bellingham Police Deputy Chief David Doll said.
Police searched the building floor by floor. When no suspect was found, police evacuated the building and the woman who reported the incident spotted the office worker who had carried the leg, The Bellingham Herald reported.
“Everyone did everything right,” Doll said. “Like we hoped, it turned out to be a good situation today.”
The scare brought a response from several agencies, including the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, Western Washington University Police and Washington State Patrol. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter patrolled the area to check the building’s roof.