A woman broke into a fire station, stole an axe, and started busting windows with it in north Spokane this morning. It all happened around 3:30 a.m. at Fire Station 3 near Ash and Indiana.
Police say they were called to the scene from reports of a woman running around in the street. Officers say she already busted out a car window at the D.O.C. building nearby, and was making her way to Fire Station 3.
"It appears one of the doors was left unlocked and that's how she made entry into there and then was able to get the axe from inside," Lt. Rex Olson with the Spokane Police Department said.
Officers say the woman, identified as 27-year-old Lillian Sowa, then started breaking windows in the front of the station. Investigators believe she was intoxicated, but don't know what she was using.
"It resulted in her losing her mental stability and going off and doing these types of crazy things," Lt. Olson said.
When SPD arrived, Sowa wouldn't put down the axe and even started walking towards the officers with it lifted next to her head.
"She was apparently so delusional that she did not believe they were real police officers, even though they were in full uniform and they had marked cars, and would not comply with what they were saying to her," Lt. Olson added.
She was then tased by officers.
Lislie Welch Junior lives across the street an woke up to the woman screaming for help.
"It was just the sound of her voice, she was having a bad time," he said.
Now Welch says it may have been the woman getting taken down by officers.
In the 40 years he's lived on the north Spokane street, he says nothing surprises him anymore. But this incident did.
"(The station) is a place where you go for help, not where you go to do a bunch of vandalism," Welch said.
Lillian Sowa was booked into jail Sunday morning. She faces charges of first degree burglary, second degree assault for coming at an officer with deadly weapon, and malicious mischief.