A man fired a shotgun in the air Tuesday and said he had bombs at the Lakebay Marina Resort before he asked to speak to a judge, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said.
The 56-year-old was on a 30-foot cabin cruiser-like boat secured to the dock at the marina in the Lakebay area on the Key Peninsula, where he said he had strapped explosives to the marina fuel tanks and also to the fuel and propane tanks on his boat, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
Shots fired into the air appeared to be from a shotgun, Troyer said, adding that the man said he also had a high-powered rifle with a scope.
People near the marina at 15 Lorenz Road KPN were evacuated after a SWAT team, marine units, divers, bomb experts and an airplane responded at roughly 3:30 p.m., Troyer said.
Law enforcement told three groups of nearby boaters to stay down in their vessels during the standoff, and one shot the man fired went over one of the boater’s heads, Troyer said. No one was hurt.
At some point in his communications with law enforcement, the man said that he wanted to talk to Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson, who arrived with a police escort and helped talk to him, Troyer said.
Troyer didn’t immediately know why the man, who does not appear to have any police reports in the past 10 years, wanted to speak with the judge.
The man eventually came down to the dock in his underwear, at the request of law enforcement — to make sure he didn’t have any weapons with him — and was taken into custody about 7 p.m., Troyer said.
“The bomb was home made and probably would not have gone off,” Troyer said on Facebook. “He's lucky he didn't hurt himself making it.”
Nearby residents, who asked to remain unidentified, said the man lives on the boat and does odd maintenance jobs in exchange for moorage.