MERIDIAN -- A man was hospitalized and may face charges after an encounter with police in the parking lot of a Meridian fast-food restaurant Wednesday morning.
Officers were called out to the Jack in the Box near Eagle and Overland roads at about 9 a.m. after someone reported a man acting suspiciously while sitting in his car. The man had a gun in his car, the caller said.
Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey said the suspect refused to obey officers' commands, and laid down inside his vehicle. As police negotiated with the man, they evacuated the parking lot near his car and shut down Eagle Road in the area.
Eventually, the man got out of his car and began walking towards officers with his hands behind his back, Lavey said. After the suspect ignored commands, an officer shot him in the hip with a non-lethal beanbag round, police say.
Lavey said the suspect fell down, and was quickly taken into custody. He was treated at the scene, then taken to St. Luke's Meridian for a mental evaluation.
Police say they recovered the gun at the scene. It was unclear whether the suspect was holding it as he walked toward the officers.
Lavey said he believed the officers acted appropriately in using the beanbag round to stop the advancing suspect.
Eagle Road was blocked for about 20 minutes.
The suspect, a 32-year-old whose name has not been released, may face charges in connection to the incident, depending on the results of his mental evaluation, Lavey said.
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