Washington police go on hunt for man with rifle, find an umbrella

On Wednesday, police in Kirkland, Washington, went on a hunt for a man with a rifle who was reportedly spotted in a local hospital, which was placed on lockdown for more than an hour.  It turns out, however, that the “rifle” was actually an umbrella carried by an employee.

ABC News reported:

Emergency dispatchers received a call from EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, about 10 miles northeast of Seattle, after a doctor observed a man walk into the hospital with what appeared to be a rifle slung over his shoulder and reported it to hospital security, Lt. Robert Saloum, public information officer for the Kirkland Police Department, told ABC News.

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Officers responded quickly to the scene, and the hospital was placed under lockdown, Saloum said. As officers were searching the building, the hospital released a surveillance image of the man on social media, asking for anyone who may know him to contact authorities.

ABC added: “From the angle of the security photo, the umbrella — which features an ornate handle similar to a medieval-like sword — appears to be weapon, Saloum said. By the way the man was carrying the umbrella, it looked as if he could reach over his shoulder and ‘grab it straight out,’ Saloum said.”

The employee apparently saw the photo on social media and contacted security to inform them of their mistake.  Police followed up and confirmed the “rifle” was actually an umbrella.

“Thank you to all who helped with locating a reported suspicious male w/a rifle. After a group effort it was determined 2 b an umbrella,” the Kirkland police department tweeted.

A number of Twitter users responded with a fair amount of sarcasm.

“Clearly an assault umbrella,” one person said.


Perhaps we need lawmakers in the Evergreen State to immediately consider legislation to control assault umbrellas.  No doubt Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, would sign the measure into law.

One person asked:

Twitchy asked: “Or a chainsaw attachment?” The site also observed that there are other umbrellas still on the loose…

One person tweeted:

Another Twitter user added:

It’s already been a long day…  And there’s many more like it yet to come.


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