Police: Man firing shotgun in Olympia park to 'see how it worked'

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Officers arrested a 19-year-old man they caught firing a shotgun off in order to "see how it worked" Sunday night in an Olympia park, according to the Olympia Police Department.

A Sheriff's Office deputy was patrolling the area around Priest Point Park around 10:45 p.m. when they heard gunshots nearby.

According to police, officers arrived and found the 19-year-old holding a shotgun near the park's restrooms.

The man reportedly refused to hand over the gun and threatened to use it on himself. The man finally surrendered after two hours of negotiations.

According to police, he told officers he was firing the shotgun into trees and signs to see how it worked.

He was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital for evaluation.