Update 12:30 p.m., March 4: Woodinville Police Chief Sydney Jackson told Patch Monday that an employee of a company near Woodinville Whiskey called 911 Monday morning to report some people had broken in to the business and had guns.
"He was barricading himself in the bathroom because he thought these “intruders” were after him, Jackson said. "So, the call came in to 911 and was dispatched as a burglary in progress with armed suspects, hence the armed officers on arrival."
Jackson said there were no armed intruders and it appears the 911 caller was suffering from some sort of delusions due to an mental health issue with his medication.
"We typically do not report out on such incidents out of respect for the “victims," she said.
A post by Woodinville Whiskey staffers on their Facebook page this morning is getting a lot of attention:
When they (police) pulled in to our parking lot this morning my first thought was "crap, did someone forget to pay the tax bill?" When one of them jumped out with an AR-15 I figured it was probably a bit more serious than that.
A photo posted by Woodinville Whiskey with the above prose showed four police vehicles in their parking lot, which look like they were from Woodinville police and King County Sheriff's Office. Woodinville Whiskey is located at 16110 Woodinville Redmond Rd. NE, Ste. 3, in Woodinville.
Woodinville Police Chief Sydney Jackson told Patch at 9:40 a.m., "Our officers are still trying to figure out what’s going on. It’s a bit complicated and there’s a language barrier. I’ll let you know when they tell me how it all unfolds."
Several commented on the Facebook post with their own theories, from disgruntled employee issues to the restart of prohibition...
Bonnie Brennan commented on the post: ... I work at Lincare right behind you and was wondering what was up when I saw them. What is going on?!
Von Thompson said: Um, yikes??? Stay inside, lock the doors.
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