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Police: Gun-wielding man arrested attempting citizen's arrest

SEATTLE -- A 58-year-old man toting a licensed and legally carried handgun was arrested Monday night while himself attempting a citizen's arrest of the men he believed were responsible for stealing one of his other guns, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to police, three people were in front of a house in the 3900 block of South Warsaw Street around 7:45 p.m. when the suspect drove up, got out of his truck, walked into the home's front yard and shoved and punched one of the men standing there.

The victims told officers the suspect then pulled a handgun from his waist and pointed it at them while screaming about his stolen gun. The victims said they feared for their safety.

According to police, the victims retreated inside the house and called 911. Officers arrived to find the suspect still holding his gun in front of the house.

The suspect told officers he heard one of the men at the house had taken his gun, which was reported stolen a few days earlier, and he was making a citizen's arrest, according to police.

The suspect's plan backfired, and he was arrested instead. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the case.

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