Woman, 58, asks police to shoot her

A woman was arrested in downtown Oak Harbor last week after threatening police officers with a garden tool and asking them to shoot her, according to court documents.

Officers waited behind a parked car until the woman, Sue Paggi, 58, finally gave herself up.

Prosecutors recently charged Paggi in Island County Superior Court with one count of burglary in the first degree. If convicted, Paggi could face more than two years in prison under the standard sentencing range.

A resident of downtown Oak Harbor reported that he had helped Paggi by allowing her to sleep at his place, but she stole his house keys and left, according to the police report. He tried to find her during the next few days by talking to homeless people, but wasn’t successful.

On July 26, the man told police he awoke in the middle of the night to find Paggi in his room. She was holding a garden tool with three spikes and screaming at him, the police report states.

The man told police Paggi started swinging the tool at him, hitting him at least twice; she also hit him with a red pole she found in the house, the report says.

The man was eventually able to push Paggi out of his home and called police.

An officer arrived and found that Paggi was outside the house and still holding a garden implement. She raised it over her head in an aggressive manner and shouted at him to shoot her, the report states.

The officer backed up and stood behind a car.

The officer was joined by another officer who temporarily left to get a “less lethal” option for dealing with Paggi, the officer wrote.

Paggi continued to shout after a third officer arrived. She repeated that they should shoot her.

An officer warned her that he would have to use a Taser to get her to drop the tool. Another officer again asked her to drop the tool.

She finally complied.

A judge later ordered that Paggi be held in jail on $15,000 bail.

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