A Centralia police officer shot a man twice Thursday evening after he allegedly threatened another officer with a walking stick, according to the department.
The man, who is in his mid-40s, was taken to Harborview Medical Center and underwent surgery, said Chief Deputy Jason Dracobly with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the shooting. He was in stable condition as of Sunday, Dracobly said.
Three officers responded to a report of a man trespassing at a store in the 500 block of South Tower Avenue around 7 p.m. The caller said the man had trespassed there before, police said in a Friday statement.
According to police, officers found the man nearby and he threatened to assault them with a walking staff about 4 or 5 feet long. The officers used a Taser on the man but it did not affect him, according to police.
According to the statement, the man then “attempted to assault one of the officers with the staff,” and another officer fired at the man, striking him twice. The officers were not struck, said Deputy Chief Stacy Denham with the Centralia Police Department.
The officer who shot the man has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy, as an independent investigation is conducted.
The Daily Chronicle reported that the officer has been with the police department for four years.