SNOQUALMIE _ Downtown was the scene of a tense standoff
Wednesday evening, when Snoqualmie resident Michael Stewart engaged
police officers from several jurisdications in an armed standoff adjacent to
the Coast to Coast Hardware store.
Snoqualmie Police resolved the situation after about 45 minutes,
taking Stewart into custody. No one was hurt or injured and no shots were
fired during the confrontation.
According to SPS Capt. Jim Schaffer, events started with a
phone complaint that the 23-year-old subject was making a lot of noise in the
alley by the hardware store. The caller termed Stewart as being “out of
control emotionally.” The responding officer gave the subject a verbal
warning and cleared the scene.
Schaffer responded around 7:45 after a repeat phone call which
indicated Stewart was back and screaming profanities. When Schaffer
arrived, he observed the subject in the Coast to Coast parking lot, armed with
a shotgun and a handgun and yelling at the “top of his lungs.”
“I was by myself _ momentarily _ until the `world’ arrived,” said
Schaffer Thursday. “Snoqualmie Police were assisted by the Washington State
Patrol and King County deputies. In containing the scene about a square
block was secured, including locking down the surrounding businesses.
“Within a 40-minute time frame, the police were able to negotiate
with the subject and convinced him to surrender at 2033 (8:33). He was
booked into the King County Jail on $10,000 bail. Apparently he was having
problems at home.”
Chuck Smith was working at the Coast to Coast that evening when
the incident took place. He said they received a phone call from the
police advising them to lock the place up and stay indoors.
“About the time we locked up it seemed like every cop in the
county was there,” said Smith Monday.
“They even had a canine unit.
“It was pretty tense,” he added.
“I had no idea who it was. If I’d known it was Mike, I probably would’ve
gone out there and said, “Aw, come on Mike…”
Capt. Schaffer singled out the hardware store staff for their
cooperation during the standoff, saying, “The people there were really great, they
did exactly as they were told. Since it was their parking lot we were dealing
with, it helped.”
According to Dan Donohoe with the King County Prosecutor’s
Office, Stewart was arraigned Friday on charges of obstructing a law
enforcement officer and displaying a weapon. Further disposition of his case is