Pointing a gun at the UPS guy is the modern day prelude to shooting the messenger. Yet that's what allegedly happened last week as a UPS man attempted to deliver a package to one Capitol Hill residence.
Last Wednesday, December 5, just shy of 1:00 p.m., Officer Doug Raguso was "flagged down by a uniformed UPS driver who ran through traffic and banged on [his] car window," according to a police report. After securing the officer's undivided attention, the UPS guy explained, "I just had a guy pull a gun on me."
The UPS guy told the officer that he was delivering a package to an apartment on the 500 block of Broadway Avenue—near Seattle University—when "he encountered hostility" from two residents in one apartment on his route.
After "several words were exchanged" between the man/woman duo and the UPS man, he reportedly told the couple, "Fine we are just not going to deliver to your apartment," the police report states. But as the UPS man walked away to deliver a package to a different apartment, he heard the woman say, "'no don't do it.'" According to the police report, when the UPS guy turned around, he allegedly saw the man "coming at him down the hallway with a rifle pointed at his head."
The UPS guy backed away with his hands up, saying, "'What are you doing?'" the report states. In response, the suspect retreated to his apartment while the UPS guy ran from the building and called 911. Once outside, the reporting officer explains that "[the UPS guy] spotted my patrol car and flagged me down."
Police quickly set up a containment area around the building and were figuring out how to evacuate the building's other units when "the front door opened, and the two occupants of the unit exited the apartment building." They were taken into custody without incident, with the suspect quickly explaining to officers that "the UPS guy is lying, I didn't point a gun at him. He probably just saw it in the apartment." Meanwhile, his fiancee reportedly told officers that the suspect has "ongoing anger issues." The police report also states that the suspect admitted that he previously "got in trouble for pointing a rifle at someone and firing it into the air."
On a better note, the suspect also reportedly told an officer that "he was appreciative of us (Police) doing our jobs, and after he went to boot camp he wanted to get out and become a cop, but got into trouble."
Officers went into the suspects' unit and found the alleged rifle in question, determining that it was an airsoft rifle—the kind that shoot plastic pellets instead of bullets—modeled after an AR15 assault rifle. They also found a pair of silver handcuffs in the residence but concluded that the handcuffs "did not appear to have been used in this incident."