Armed man arrested after six-hour standoff in Mountlake Terrace

The man had pointed a bolt-action rifle at his father, police said.

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — A six-hour standoff with an armed man ended in an arrest on Christmas Eve in Mountlake Terrace.

The man’s father awoke around 2 a.m. to find his son pointing a bolt-action rifle at his head, police Cmdr. Doug Hansen said.

The son, 40, pulled the trigger, and the gun clicked, but didn’t fire. He told his father the next time a bullet would go through his head, according to police. No one else was home. The father managed to calm his son down, and around 4 a.m. he told his son he was going to the store, Hansen said. Instead, he headed for the police station.

A SWAT team rushed to the house in the 22300 block of 51st Avenue W. For six hours, they tried to convince the man to come out. They talked on the phone. Several times the man briefly exited, then retreated. Hansen said the man has a history of mental health issues. Police have been called to the house often for domestic violence.

The man went out a back door around 10:15 a.m. A police dog met him. He was arrested for investigation of domestic violence first-degree assault, and taken to a hospital to be treated for dog bites.

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