Richland police make arrest in Riverfront Hotel killing; second suspect on the run

RICHLAND, Wash. — Richland police arrested 43-year-old Michael Gene Cook in connection to Saturday morning’s fatal shooting at Riverfront Hotel near Howard Amon Park.

Authorities booked Cook at the Benton County jail on charges of murder and kidnapping, both in the first degree. Police say a second suspect, 27-year-old Jonathan M. Rodriquez, of Kennewick, is wanted for his role in the crime. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Police said they do not consider Rodriquez to be a threat to the public. He’s described as a 5’9″ man of Hispanic descent.

The victim of the shooting was 39-year-old Joshua Gibson of Kennewick. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Richland police at their nonemergency dispatch number, 503- 628-0333. Tips may also be submitted to rpdinvestigations@ci.richland.wa.us.