Domestic violence suspect arrested in Kennewick following 7-hour standoff

PC: Kennewick Police Department

UPDATE: A 28-year-old man was arrested in Kennewick on Wednesday after an hours-long standoff with police.

According to the Kennewick Police Department, they were sent to 2906 W 7th Avenue where they learned the suspect, Socrates A. Diaz, had allegedly chased his family members through the home with “large machetes” while threatening to kill them. His family members were able to escape uninjured.

When police arrived, Diaz briefly came outside but then went back in and refused to come out.

The SWAT team was later called in as officers surrounded the residence. Officers say they used noise flash diversion devices, chemical agents and less lethal deployment to try to get Diaz to come outside.

After nearly seven hours, Diaz was finally taken into custody for domestic violence.

He will be booked into the Benton County Jail.

“We appreciate the patience of the surrounding neighbors while we worked to bring this incident to a peaceful resolution,” officials wrote on their social media.


KENNEWICK, Wash. — Kennewick Police have deployed a SWAT operation at Whispering Winds Mobile Home Park. They ask that the public avoids 2906 W 7th Ave. until the situation is cleared up.

According to Lt. Aaron Clem, a 28-year-old man is trapping himself inside an RV at Whispering Winds Mobile Home Park. Originally, his family was inside the vehicle with him, but officers got the family to evacuate.

A post by the local authorities’ Twitter account says that the man is wanted for assault to the second degree.

The road between W 7th Ave. and W 4th Ave is currently blocked.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information arises.

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