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Woman arrested for waving Airsoft gun around

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Surveillance footage from Bancroft shows Leah Williams Friday morning. Surveillance footage from Bancroft shows Leah Williams Friday morning.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police received several calls Friday morning from concerned people reporting a woman waving a gun around. The first call came in at around 9 a.m. The woman, later identified as 22-year-old Leah M. Williams, was reported to be in the area of Ash and Maxwell pointing a gun at unoccupied cars.

Several minutes later, police received another call, reporting a woman in the parking lot of Bancroft School in the 1000 block of west Spofford. Officers had been checking the area and determined that she had left before they got there. Staff at the school was safe. Students had not yet arrived for the day.

At around 9:15, another call came in from the area of Post and Main. The caller gave a detailed description of a woman waving a gun in the air. Officers arrived within four minutes of the call, but Williams had run into River Park Square. River Park Square security and officers figured out she had left the mall, and no one there was in danger, and the search for Williams continued.

Eventually the search lead officers to the Indaba Coffee Shop on north Howard. Police say there were about 10 to 15 customers in the coffee shop, and Williams was sitting near the back of the business. Police were able to get most of the customers out of the shop before taking Williams into custody.

Police say Williams was carrying a very realistic Airsoft handgun, and she appeared to be under the influence when medics evaluated her on the scene. She was booked into Spokane County Jail on one count each of Disorderly Conduct and Unlawful Display of a Weapon, as well as an unrelated misdemeanor warrant for Criminal Trespass.

After following up with school officials at Bancroft, Williams was also charged with one count of possession of a weapon on school grounds.

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