Armed standoff ensues after Kennewick man’s attempt to purchase gun was denied
KENNEWICK, Wash. — A man with multiple outstanding warrants attempted to purchase a gun from the Ranch & Home store in Kennewick on Wednesday morning. When police made contact with the man, he drew a large knife that led to a heated standoff outside of the store.
Police were dispatched to the 800-block of N Columbia Center Blvd shortly before 8:00 a.m. on May 26. A 28-year-old male, who has since been identified as Kerry Brooks, was following employees as they arrived for work. It was noted that he mentioned a firearm while outside of the store.
When officers attempted to make contact with the man, he drew a large survival knife from his waistband and threatened them. Kennewick police ordered the man to drop his weapon from outside of the store, but he failed to comply. Backup was called and shortly after, mental health professionals, SWAT, K9 units and mental health professionals all arrived to help out.
The mental health professional and SWAT negotiator repeatedly attempted to convince the man to drop his knife. He refused to comply, leading local authorities to deploy a flash grenade and a K9 to subdue him and bring him into custody. He was transported to a nearby hospital for minor injuries sustained in the arrest.
A Kennewick Police investigation determined that Brooks was at the Ranch & Home location to purchase a firearm despite being ineligible to own or buy a gun. Authorities say that he attempted to purchase a gun from a separate store earlier this month and his application was denied. He was already wanted on an outstanding warrant for attempted unlawful possession of a firearm.
After being cleared by the local hospital, Brooks was booked on a handful of charges including attempted possession of a firearm, unlawful display of a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest on top of multiple outstanding warrants.
Ranch & Home released the following statement regarding the incident on its official Facebook page:
Thank you to our local law enforcement and mental health providers for successfully diffusing the situation that occurred in front of our Kennewick location this morning.
We are deeply saddened this incident occurred but are thankful that our customers, employees, and all those who were on scene are safe.
Once again THANK YOU to our local law enforcement we appreciate everything that you do.
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