SPOKANE, Wash. -- Police said a woman broke into the Spokane fire station near Indiana and Maple early Sunday morning, stole an axe, and later charged officers with the ax raised over her head.
Investigators identified the woman as 27-year-old Lillian Sowa.
Police said Sowa entered Fire Station 3 through an unlocked door and stole an ax from one of the fire trucks. She smashed out two large bay-door windows and tried to escape, according to investigators. She also allegedly smashed out the windows of a Department of Corrections car.
Officers who responded to the scene tased the woman when she allegedly ran at them.
“She was definitely out of control with the axe,” said Spokane Police Lieutenant Rex Olson.
“When she approached the officer, the axe was at head level. She obviously had some evil intent there.”
Sowa was taken to the hospital for treatment but was later released. Officers told KREM 2 News she appeared to be on heroin and meth.
“I've always felt safe and when the fire department came in over here, I thought it was great because I felt so much safer,” said Marcy McAdams, who lives across the street from the fire station.
"But now they're victims?" KREM 2's Hayley Guenthner asked.
"Yes, that surprises me," McAdams replied.
The suspect was booked into jail and faced charges of malicious mischief, burglary, and assault. She was being monitored because of her drug usage, but was expected to be in court Monday.
No officers were hurt in the confrontation.