Fed. Way restaurant evacuated, man with gun arrested after smashing through wall

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - A Thai restaurant at a Federal Way strip mall was evacuated Tuesday night after a man with a gun entered and refused to leave. The man was later arrested after he smashed through a wall into an adjoining store and becamed trapped, police said.

The incident unfolded at about 9:05 p.m. when employees of the Pho Thai restaurant in the 31500 block of Pacific Highway South called 911 to report that a man was inside the restaurant with a gun in a holster and refused to leave.

The callers said the man was "acting paranoid" but was not threatening anyone, said Cathy Schrock of the Federal Way police.

Officers arrived and evacuated all customers and employees from the restaurant, with the 42-year-old suspect still inside.

The suspect later disappeared from view into the rear of the restaurant and then reappeared inside the Sprint store, one unit to the north, after he smashed a hole in the wall and made entry, Schrock said.

Once inside the Sprint store the suspect was trapped. Police surrounded the complex and an arrest warrant was issued.

As negotiators were talking with the suspect, officers entered the rear of the Sprint store with a K-9 police dog and arrested the man without further incident, Schrock said.

The suspect was booked into jail. No one was injured during the incident.

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