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Judge orders competency hearing for alleged Greenbank shooter

COUPEVILLE — A Greenbank man facing a charge of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm will undergo a competency hearing before he is arraigned.

Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock ordered Christopher L. Locken, 28, to undergo the evaluation, which was supported by both his court-appointed lawyer and the county prosecutor’s office.

Authorities found a loaded .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol in Locken’s truck after an incident Aug. 26, when he fired the handgun from the front porch of his mother’s home in Greenbank.

Locken, who was previously scheduled for a mental-health board review at Western State Hospital, told police he was a Christian soldier and a CIA agent, and “that he needed to save the Secret Service agents under the White House.”

He entered the Island County courtroom for Monday’s appearance with his eyes closed and a wispy smile on his face. Several times, he turned with flourish to the courtroom audience, opened his eyes and scanned the crowd, then closed his eyes and turned around.

At one point, Locken raised his handcuffed fists waist-high and motioned to a corrections deputy, who gave him a stern “Hold on there” glare and gesture.

Locken kept his eyes closed for the rest of the meeting, save for another wide-eyed glance around the courtroom. He was led out at the finish, with his eyes closed, guided by two corrections deputies.

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