Police: Officers nearly open fire on man with toy gun

CENTRALIA, Wash. -- A 53-year-old Rochester resident was lucky to avoid being shot by officers after he refused orders to put down what turned out to be a toy gun Sunday afternoon in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

According to police, Roy Dever was waving around what appeared to be a snub-nosed pistol and pointing it at people in the 1200 block of North Pearl Street.

When officers arrived, Dever refused to put the gun down and reportedly even pointed it at officers.

According to police, the only reason officers didn't open fire on Dever was because innocent people were driving through the crossfire and could possibly have been hit.

Dever eventually put the gun down and was arrested. The weapon turned out to be a cap gun, and Dever was booked into Lewis County Jail for investigation of assault.