A Kirkland dentist has been charged with second-degree assault and unlawful discharge of a laser after a late-night incident in which he threatened a military veteran, according to King County prosecutors.
Thomas Seal, 64, became irritated with customers outside Juanita Pub in Kirkland during the early hours of Dec. 28, 2016.
Seal, who practices at Kirkland Dental Care on NE 120th Place, pointed his pistol at a 31-year-old man from the second floor and yelled at the man, accusing him of “messing with” a dental assistant who was sitting in a nearby parked vehicle, according to charging papers.
The man later told police he was afraid for his life, and would have shot Seal in self-defense had he been carrying his own concealed firearm at the time.
After law enforcement arrived, Seal stated he had only pointed a laser at the victim. Police couldn’t get the laser to work, and the victim was able to identify Seal’s handgun and laser color.
The prosecutor asked for $25,000 bail. Seal posted bail on Feb. 24.
Seal’s arraignment is set for March 8 at the King County Courthouse in Seattle.
Assault in the second degree, which includes threat of harm, is a Class B felony and carries a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
As of Monday afternoon, Seal’s office is still taking appointments.