July 14, 2013 at 6:06 PM
Man holds ex-girlfriend hostage in Tumwater gas station
A standoff between law enforcement and a 50-year-old man with a gun who holed himself up inside a Tumwater gas station to talk to his former girlfriend still was unresolved about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, seven hours after the incident began.
Trosper and Littlerock roads still were closed and law enforcement still was on site, including Thurston County SWAT and Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies, Tumwater Police Detective Jen Kolb said. Olympia police, Washington State Patrol and Tumwater Fire also provided assistance during the day, she said.
Little had changed throughout the day after law enforcement were dispatched to the USA gas station at 701 Trosper Road about 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Inside the station’s convenience store, the Olympia man had confronted his ex-girlfriend, an employee at the store, with a gun, wanting to talk to her.
Another employee left the building unharmed and no customers were thought to be in the store at the time, Kolb said.
The woman, 42, of Olympia, has a restraining order against the man, she said.
The two were locked inside an office in the store, and the man was in communication with law enforcement, repeatedly asking them to give him time to speak to his ex-girlfriend.
During the standoff, a tanker truck was left parked at the gasoline station, but eventually the driver of the truck was allowed to return to the truck and drive off with the protection of an armored vehicle, Kolb said.
Traffic was halted throughout the area, including at the southbound off ramp on Interstate 5 at Exit 102, according to the state Department of Transportation.
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