Hoquiam standoff ends peacefully, neighbor finds shooting suspect in garage
A Hoquiam man allegedly fired a shotgun at his neighbor then hid, prompting SWAT team response and a standoff at a home on Burns street in Hoquiam Friday night.
Detective Sgt. Shane Krohn tells us just after 9 Friday, officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting incident in the 1400 block of Burns Street in Hoquiam.
A 29 year old male victim, a Hoquiam resident, had called to report being involved in a verbal argument with his neighbor, a 37 year old male. The victim reported the suspected neighbor allededly had fired a shot at him and ran back into his garage.
Officers from the Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Cosmopolis police departments along with a deputy from the Grays Harbor Sherriff’s Office arrived on scene and set up containment. Hoquiam paramedics also responded to the area to stage if needed.
The 37 year old suspect, also a Hoquiam resident, was believed to still be inside the residence. Several attempts were made by the Public Address System from a patrol car for the suspect to exit the residence. Numerous attempts were also made to contact the suspect by phone by officers and family members.
A search warrant for the residence was obtained.
At 0330 hours, the multi-agency Crisis Response Unit (CRU) was activated and responded to the scene.
At about 0800 hours, CRU deployed CS gas, entered and searched the residence which met with negative results on locating the suspect. The CRU cleared the scene and Hoquiam detectives and officers started processing the scene and collected several items as evidence to include a spent shotgun shell and the shotgun believed to be used in the incident.
At 0915 hours, Detective Sergeant Krohn was contacted by the next door neighbor (who was the brother of the suspect), stating she had just returned home and found the suspect hiding inside her garage.
Detective Sergeant Krohn contacted the suspect in the garage and took him into custody without incident. The suspect was interviewed at the station and gave a similar account as the victim with the addition of the victim allegedly coming at him with an unknown object.
The suspect was transported and booked into the county jail for Assault in the 2nd Degree and is awaiting filing of formal charges.