A burglary suspect armed with a machete surrendered to sheriff’s deputies after a brief standoff Wednesday. Undersheriff Brad Johansson with the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office said deputies were dispatched to a residence on Prairie Gardens Road in Humptulips August 5th for a possible burglary in progress. A male was seen entering a vacant residence that he did not reside. When deputies arrived they found a 37-year-old male suspect from Humptulips inside the residence. The male was armed with a machete and threatened to kill the deputies. He would not exit the residence.
Johansson said the homeowner was contacted and he advised the male did not have permission to be in the residence. The male refused to come out of the residence and appeared to be under the influence of drugs or have mental health issues. Deputies requested additional units and were assisted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Grays Harbor Drug Task Force Detectives, Aberdeen and Montesano Police Department Crisis Response Unit members.
Negotiators arrived at the location to attempt to get the suspect to leave the residence and surrender. The suspect started to damage the house with the machete. Negotiators utilized friends and family members to talk with the suspect and they eventually convinced the male to leave the residence unarmed. The suspect was booked into the Grays Harbor County jail for burglary. We are thankful the incident was ended with the suspect agreeing to surrender peacefully.