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May 25, 2007
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Prosthetic leg prompts lock down in Wa.

Associated Press

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The woman suspected foul play was afoot. She was half right.

Police barricaded streets near a branch of St. Joseph Hospital Thursday after a woman called to report a man with an assault rifle walking into a medical office building. The man was actually carrying a prosthetic leg, Bellingham Police Deputy Chief David Doll said.

The building was locked down as police conducted a floor-by-floor search. When no suspect was found, police evacuated the building and the woman who reported the incident spotted the office worker who had been carrying the prosthetic leg, The Bellingham Herald newspaper reported.

"Everyone did everything right," Doll said. "Like we hoped, it turned out go be a good situation."

During the lockdown, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter patrolled the area to check the building's rooftop.


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