LAKEWOOD, Wash. (8/28/12)--It was the quiet moments that struck fear in the mind of Brielle Edwards, one of 12 people held hostage by a gunman in a Washington credit union Saturday, Edwards said Monday.
Police officers shot and critically wounded a man as he attempted to flee Washington State Employees CU, after he held a dozen people hostage at gunpoint, including his estranged wife, for about 45 minutes Saturday afternoon, according to KVAL.com (Aug. 28).
Eldridge and her mother stopped at the credit union as they were running errands. As she sat in a cubicle in the back of the branch, Eldridge heard a commotion up front. A man and a woman were arguing.
Soon Eldridge, her mom and the credit union representative working with them dropped to the floor out of concern for their safety, she told the television station.
Her fear was heightened during the quiet times because she didn't know the location of the gunman, she said. During those times, she could hear the police outside the credit union branch. At one point she made eye contact with a SWAT officer.
But the scariest moment came when she heard two pops. She thought someone had been shot, but she couldn't be sure who, she told the station.
It turned out that two policemen had each fired a single shot, disabling the gunman.
Moments later, police entered the building and identified themselves.
Eldridge said she is grateful how the situation ended, but has had trouble sleeping and keeps reliving the incident in her head.
The gunman remained in critical condition Monday.