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.