Archive for March 2013

Hoquiam Standoff Ends in Suspect Shooting

HOQUIAM, Wash. – State route 101 in Hoquiam is open again after an overnight detour around a standoff that ended when the suspect was shot dead this morning in the 2800 block of Aberdeen Avenue.
Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s department said at a press conference this morning “The SWAT members who were involved are going to be interviewed. At this point we do know he was at the front door of the residence, armed with a firearm. We know that he had already fired upon the officers, so after a number of commands for him to drop the weapon, SWAT members had to discharge their firearms.
The SWAT team had been firing stun grenades into the home overnight, however Sergeant Brian Dayton with the Hoquiam Police Department said investigators do not yet know what started the fire that forced the man out.
Hoquiam Sergeant Jeff Salstrom was involved in the shooting has since been released from the hospital and is on paid administrative leave, his Chief Jeff Myers said earlier “I had an opportunity to visit with him and his family this morning, he is doing well. He did suffer some injuries as a result of this incident so we are very thankful that he is OK.”
Salstrom suffered minor injuries from two gunshots sustained during the initial confrontation. Shumate said that detectives are now trying to positively identify the suspect who provided a false identification before the standoff. “He had a vaild Washington State driver’s license with a different name [that] at this point we do not believe to be him other than the picture.
Myers said morning that the investigation will be turned over to the regional Critical Incident Investigation team. “There are many scenes, and many situations that have occurred, inclusive of the fire now and making sure that the building is secure so that they [investigators] can go in and do their job.
The standoff began just after 11 yesterday morning after Salstrom was shot while trying to arrest the man.
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Standoff Concludes After Suspect Leaves Burning Home, Exchanges Gunfire

HOQUIAM, Wash. – The 20-hour standoff is over in the 2800 block of Aberdeen Avenue, now crews are responding to a large fire at the same home.

Hoquiam police confirm the suspect exchanged gun fire with officers and is “down.” Sergeant Brian Dayton tells us after flames became visible from the home, the suspect ran outside and exchanged gunfire with SWAT members who had the home surrounded.

The SWAT team has been firing stun grenades into the home this morning, however Dayton said investigators do not know what started the fire.

As fire crews continue to respond to the housefire, traffic is being diverted from the Simpson Avenue Bridge to the port industrial route.

The bus supervisor at the Hoquiam School District moved to two bus stops for students in the area this morning.

The standoff began just after 11 yesterday morning after an officer was shot while trying to arrest a man who later barricaded himself in the second story of a home.
The officer involved in the shooting has since been released from the hospital and is on paid administrative leave, he suffered minor injuries from two gunshots sustained during the initial confrontation.
Dayton tells us the man avoided verbal contact since 4 hours into the standoff, when he fired several shots at the State Patrol’s SWAT vehicle while members fired tear gas into the home.

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Hoquiam School Buses Rerouted Due to Contiuing Standoff

HOQUIAM, Wash. - The bus supervisor will be moving two bus stops for students near a standoff that continues in the 2800 block of Aberdeen Avenue in Hoquiam this morning.

Students that catch bus 403 in the 2800 block of 28th street will need to walk two blocks to the 300 block of Ontario.
Students catching Bus 405 at Aberdeen and 24th, or Aberdeen and 29th streets will need to walk to the intersection of Aberdeen and Ontario behind the Hoquiam YMCA.

Traffic is also being diverted from the Simpson Avenue Bridge to the port industrial route past 22nd street, with 27th to 29th street still closed. 

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Hoquiam Standoff Continues, Neighbors Asked to Contact E911 Dispatch Before Leaving This Morning

Hoquiam, WA- The standoff continues in Hoquiam this morning after an officer was shot while trying to arrest a man who later barricaded himself in the second story of a home in the 2800 block of Aberdeen Avenue.
The officer involved in the shooting has since been released from the hospital and is on paid administrative leave, he suffered minor injuries from two gunshots sustained during the initial confrontation.  
Police have not had verbal contact with the man since 4 hours into the standoff, when he fired several shots at the State Patrol’s SWAT vehicle while members fired tear gas into the home. Hoquiam Sergeant Brian Dayton has since confirmed that he has a gas mask and a Kevlar helmet in his possession. Dayton said he is still active, and refusing to communicate this morning, and has placed a mattress in front of one window.
Officers from multiple agencies evacuated neighboring homes and are still on scene assisting. Dayton this morning is asking that if residents in the cordoned off area need to leave their homes to please contact the E911 Dispatch center at 533-8765, and to be prepared for the possibility that they may not get back into their homes this evening.
Including, the Critical Incident Team which consists of officers from Mason, Thurston, Lewis, and Pacific counties, as well as State Patrol.
There is still a traffic diversion from the Simpson Avenue Bridge to the port industrial route past 22nd street, with 27th to 29th street still closed.
The police department is in contact with the Hoquiam school district, to figure out how to accommodate a temporary new school bus route for the surrounding area. Pick up and drop off locations have yet to be announced.
We will have more details as they become available to us.
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School Buses Being Detoured This Morning as Hoquiam Standoff Continues

Hoquiam, WA- The standoff continues in Hoquiam after a officer was shot yesterday morning while trying to arrest a man who has since barackaded himself in the second story of a home in the 2800 block of Aberdeen Avenue.
I spoke personally with the officer involved before he was transported to Community Hospital, his injuries appeared minor.
Following that shooting, the suspect barricaded himself inside in the second-story part of the home. Police later secured the bottom floor.
Police have not had verbal contact with the man since 4 hours into the standoff, when he fired several shots at the State Patrol’s SWAT vehicle after members fired tear gas into the home. Hoquiam Sergeant Brian Dayton has since confirmed that he has a gas mask and a Kevlar helmet in his possession. Dayton said he is still active, and refusing to communicate this morning, and has placed a matress in front of one window.
Officers from multiple agencies around Western Washington evacuated neighboring homes and are still on scene assisting. Including, the Critical Incident Team which consists of officers from Mason, Thurston, Lewis, and Pacific counties, as well as State Patrol.
There is still a traffic diversion from the Simpson Avenue Bridge to the port industrial route past 22nd street, with 27th to 29th street still closed.
The police department is in contact with the Hoquiam school district, to figure out how to accommodate a temporary new school bus route for the surrounding area. Pick up and drop off locations have yet to be announced.
We will have more details as they become available to us.

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Standoff Update

Hoquiam, WA- The standoff carries on from the 2800 block of Aberdeen Avenue in Hoquiam; following shots fired involving a Hoquiam Police Department Officer, which began around 11 am Wednesday morning.

Hoquiam Police Department officers were attempting to serve a warrant from out of state, when the suspect, a 49 year old male, began firing at them. One HPD Officer was shot and was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Following the shooting, the suspect barricaded himself inside in the second-story part of the home. Police have secured the bottom floor.

The suspect fired several shots at the State Patrol’s SWAT car after members fired tear gas into the home. The suspect is confirmed to have a gas mask and a Kevlar helmet in his possession. Officers from multiple agencies around Western Washington and have evacuated neighboring homes and are still on scene assisting. Including, the Critical Incident Team which is officers from Mason, Thurston, Lewis, and Pacific counties, as well as State Patrol.

Police have tried to establish contact with the suspect and are being met with no response. At this point officers are still trying to keep people away from the house. There is still a traffic diversion from the Simpson Avenue Bridge to the port industrial route past 22nd street, with 27th to 29th street still closed.

The police department is in contact with the Hoquiam school district, to figure out how to accommodate a temporary new school bus route for the surrounding area. Pick up and drop off locations have yet to be announced.

We will have more details as they become available to us.

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Hour 10: State Route 101 Remains Closed Due to Police Standoff

A neighbor snapped shots of the bullet holes left in his second story bedroom wall, and window. In the background of the window you can see the home where the suspect began his standoff.

Hoquiam Standoff 1

Hoquiam Standoff 2

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