WALLA WALLA -- A mental evaluation has been ordered for a man accused of pointing a loaded handgun at a police officer earlier this month.
The evaluation by Eastern State Hospital staff from Medical Lake will determine if Paul Anderson was sane when the alleged crime occurred, and whether he's competent to stand trial and assist in his defense.
The order was signed Tuesday by Walla Walla County Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht.
Anderson is charged with first-degree assault.
Police said they were called to the 100 block of Bryant Avenue about 5:40 a.m. Sept. 13 for a report of man with a gun trying to get into a residence.
When Officer Kathy Loney arrived, she allegedly saw Anderson crouched behind a vehicle parked in a carport, pointing the gun directly at her. Hearing a sound she believed was the clicking of the trigger being pulled back, Loney reportedly jumped behind a different vehicle and alerted another officer.
Anderson -- who was telling officers to watch out for a girl in the vehicle and for snipers on the roof -- put the gun down and was apprehended, according to a police report filed in court.
The resident, Lyn Loiseau, of 150 Bryant, told police Anderson had driven up in a motor home, got out with the gun and warned of people trying to kill him. Anderson then started beating on Loiseau's door, perhaps attempting to force his way in, the police report says.
Anderson, 63, of Benton City, was booked into the County Jail. Bail later was set at $50,000.