An Elma man with a sword blocks I5 traffic
The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Clark County were shut down for five minutes Monday night while police surrounded a man who was walking on the shoulder and reportedly wielding a shotgun that turned out to be a decorative sword.
The Columbian reports that troopers and officers with the Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office talked to the man over a loudspeaker with their guns drawn.
“When we’re told someone is carrying a weapon, we approach as if someone is indeed carrying a weapon,” said Trooper Will Finn, spokesman for the Washington State Patrol.
The 20-year-old complied with their instructions and revealed a sword slung over his back. He was headed home to Elma when a passer-by apparently mistook the sword for a gun and alerted 911.
Police drove the man, whose name was not released, to a relative’s home in Vancouver. He was warned not to walk on I5.