By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter
A Rochester resident is “extremely” fortunate he didn’t get shot when he allegedly pointed a very real looking toy gun at police on a busy Centralia street yesterday afternoon.
Officers were called about 1 p.m. to a report a man was walking up the 1200 block of North Pearl Street waving a pistol in the air and pointing it at people, according to the Centralia Police Department.
Sgt. Stacy Denham said the man aimed his gun at two officers, who had their weapons drawn but didn’t fire because innocent people in oncoming cars could have been hit.
The subject continued to walk closer to a residential area and ignore police commands, while the officers followed him until backup arrived, Denham said.
Denham said when he got on the scene, he positioned his patrol car to protect block vehicles which had pulled to the side of the road.
“I was able to see the gun in his right hand, finally he stopped, turned and faced me,” Denham said. “I drew my pistol. He dropped his.”
The all black cap gun from the front looked exactly like a snub nosed pistol, Denham said.
Roy A. Dever, 53, is from Rochester. Police don’t know exactly what he was up to, Denham said.
“The only thing he did say, along with a lot of other rantings, he wished he would have forced us to shoot him,” Denham said.
Denham said he did have a clear shot at the man in that final moment.
“He’s extremely lucky he didn’t get shot,” he said.
Dever was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for three counts of first-degree assault.