Man Charged For Threatening Medical Workers, Police With Airsoft Gun

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee June 1, 2010

Prosecutors have charged a Ballard man for allegedly threatening police and medical workers with a realistic-looking Airsoft rifle last month.

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Arrested May 20 following a standoff at his home in the 3000 block of Northwest 73rd Street, Michael Wight stands accused of threatening two mental health workers with a fake M4 carbine made to shoot Airsoft projectiles.

Wight is accused of threatening the workers with the fake rifle, then retreating into his home. Seattle police arrived minutes later and set about trying to contact the man.

Initially telling a hostage negotiator the gun was a fake, Wight began threatening officers cordoning off the home and refused to leave, prosecutors contend in court documents.

Having been told to surrender, Wight "stated something like 'Then I'm going to come out fully loaded and cocked,'" a Seattle detective told the court.

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