Detectives are processing the scene today at a home where a 9 hour standoff blocked traffic on Oak street in Aberdeen Friday afternoon. Detective Art Laur tells us they returned to the crime scene early this morning and continued with the processing of the residence located in the 600 Block of Oak St. Detectives with the Hoquiam Police Department are currently at the scene assisting.
The suspect is identified as Monique L. Preston (a 47 year old Aberdeen resident). Preston is currently in custody at the Grays Harbor County Jail on the charge of Murder in the Second Degree. The victim in the crime has been identified but his identity will not be released at this time pending the notification of family.
A source tells us earlier that morning they heard several rapid noises that sounded like shots from a pistol coming from the home. Police Captain John Green said yesterday. “There was a call earlier this morning, people in the neighborhood thought it was shots fired. Officers checked the area, didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. We got another call early afternoon, man down at this residence. Detectives responded along with patrol, there was a male deceased still on scene, outside the residence.”
That body remained on scene Saturday morning, and is being processed by the Grays Harbor County Coroner after it is cleared as part of the crime scene. Laur said family members are being contacted before a name will be released.
The standoff began after that body was discovered by the head medic unit at the Aberdeen Fire Department just after noon Friday. Green said that police made contact with the woman in the home “Officers are familiar with her, we made a phone call in. She made some statements to us, something to the effect that she was armed and not coming out.”
The Regional Crisis Response Unit setup containment around the area, and evacuated people willing to leave their homes in the 3 blocks surrounding the scene. Some chose to stay in the homes, and were later seen on their own porches waiting for the confrontation to come to an end.
Oak Street was blocked, and traffic trying to get to the hospital was left to learn on their own that Basich Boulevard is open behind the hospital, and serves as an alternate route.
The Aberdeen Police Department’s Mine Resistant Amored Personnel Carrier was used to move people onto Oak Street, and out of the line of fire. Officers from Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Cosmopolis, Montesano, Grays Harbor County, and the Washington State Patrol attempted to make contact with Preston throughout the day. Family members also were heard over a loud speaker system used to blast noises into the home from Oak street.
As the evening progressed police continued to fire gas canisters into the home through broken windows, while the loudspeakers blasted noises into the yard. Around 9 Friday evening police began to enter the home and setup containment in several rooms, where Laur tells us Preston was located in a room and taken into custody without incident. Preston was evaluated by the Aberdeen Fire Department before being taken into custody and transported to the Aberdeen Police Department where she remains held.
The 600 block of Oak St remains closed at this time and will remain closed until the investigation is complete. The roadway is expected to be open for traffic later this evening.
An autopsy on the victim is expected to be performed later this weekend. This is an on-going investigation.