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Originally published November 5, 2013 at 5:45 AM | Page modified November 5, 2013 at 6:41 AM

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Report of man with shotgun briefly closes NB I-5

The State Patrol says northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in the small southwest Washington community of Hazel Dell were shut down briefly Monday night while law enforcement officers surrounded a man reported to be carrying a shotgun as he walked along the highway. He was really carrying a decorative sword.


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HAZEL DELL, Wash. —

The State Patrol says northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in the small southwest Washington community of Hazel Dell were shut down briefly Monday night while law enforcement officers surrounded a man reported to be carrying a shotgun as he walked along the highway. He was really carrying a decorative sword.

The Columbian reports (http://is.gd/s63cin ) that a 911 caller apparently mistook the sword for a gun.

Troopers, Vancouver police and Clark County sheriff's officers rushed to the scene, turned on their spotlights and talked to the man over a loudspeaker with guns drawn.

Trooper Will Finn says when officers are told someone has a weapon, "we approach as if someone is indeed carrying a weapon."

The 20-year-old man said he was headed home to Elma, Wash. Police drove the man to a relative's house in nearby Vancouver and warned him that pedestrians aren't allowed on I-5.

The newspaper says the shutdown lasted about five minutes.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com



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