BCSO: Suspect ran from cops on Columbia Center Blvd, shot during pursuit


KENNEWICK, Wash. — A long stretch of Columbia Center Blvd will remain closed into the afternoon on Monday following a shootout between a male suspect and Tri-Cities law enforcement.

According to Lt. Jason Erickson of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and Kennewick police officers responded to the Circle K on the 7700-block of W Deschutes Ave around 10:25 a.m. on Aug. 22 for reports of a male subject slumped over in a car within the parking lot.

When they made contact, KPD officers and BCSO deputies recognized that the subject had a firearm on his person inside the vehicle. Lt. Erickson says they removed the man from the vehicle, leading him to run away on foot. Officers pursued the suspect as he fled from the Circle K to the nearby Village At Grandridge Apartments.

“During the foot chase, there was gunfire,” Lt. Erickson said. “The subject did give up at that point and was transported to the hospital.”

No further details regarding the suspect’s identity or current condition have been revealed as Benton County authorities handed this investigation over to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) for the Tri-Cities region. They were, however, able to confirm that no officers or community members were harmed during this incident.

N Columbia Center Blvd will be closed for an extended period on Monday as the SIU conducts a widescale search of the area and gathers as much information at possible in compliance with state and regional laws.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up will be issued if further details are revealed.


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