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Police: Woman with toy gun confronted officer hoping he would shoot her

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Evidence photo of toy gun from Corvallis PD on left, jail booking photo of Sarah Rodgers on right Evidence photo of toy gun from Corvallis PD on left, jail booking photo of Sarah Rodgers on right
CORVALLIS, OR (KPTV) -

A woman stole a realistic-looking toy gun, confronted an officer with it and challenged him to shoot her, according to Corvallis police.

The officer did not and the woman was taken into custody.

Police said the suspect, 21-year-old Sarah Maebell Rodgers, approached an officer sitting in a patrol car just before 9 p.m. Tuesday.

She kicked the front bumper of the officer's car while holding what appeared to be a silver-colored revolver at her waist, according to police.

The officer took a position of cover and directed his sidearm at her and ordered her to get on the ground while calling for emergency assistance.

Rodgers refused to drop the gun and verbally challenged the officer to shoot her, according to investigators.

When confronted by multiple officers, she dropped her supposed weapon. Police said the plastic sound it made when it hit the ground was the first indication to officers that the gun was not real.

Detectives said Rodgers stole a realistic-looking toy revolver from a local department store, removed the orange tip from the barrel to make it look real and then circled the Corvallis Police Department building waiting for an officer to come outside.

According to a Corvallis Police Department release on the incident, Rodgers had hoped an officer would shoot her as part of a plan she developed after reading about similar situations on the Internet.

Rodgers was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. She faces misdemeanor charges of menacing, interfering with a peace officer and attempted criminal mischief.

Police said in a situation like this, officers have very little time to discern between realistic replicas and real weapons.

"Restraint on behalf of the initial officer, and the quick response of backup officers, helped in preventing a tragic outcome," a Corvallis Police Department release states.

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