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Suspect gets away after six-hour standoff in Wapato

Six-hour standoff, suspect evades arrest

WAPATO, Wash. - After a six-hour standoff in Wapato between a domestic violence suspect and police, authorities are now looking for the suspect after officials believe he got away.

Around 3:30 p.m., a 911 call came in about a fight between two family members. The call came from a residence above Casa Musical at 116 W Third St. in Wapato.

According to Acting Wapato Police Chief Michael Campos, the assault involved two men. A gun was allegedly pointed at the victim. He was able to get out of the house and store, as well as a woman in the home.

When police arrived, they saw the suspect, who police have not named, in the right window of the upstairs living area. A standoff began and police brought in the suspect’s sister, pleading for him to come out.

KAPP-KVEW has learned the suspect is a Wapato resident in his 30s. He’s also a convicted felon.

Police closed multiple roads during the incident.

After officers didn’t hear anything from the suspect, Campos said they made the decision to go in and find the man.

“We’ve kind of exhausted all our resources,” Campos said. “We did everything that was due diligence at the time.”

When police searched the home, the suspect was not there.

“He’s gotten away for the time being,” Campos told KAPP-KVEW.

It’s not known if the suspect is still armed. Campos said a warrant will be issued for the suspect’s arrest. The man is facing a misdemeanor assault charge as well as felony charge of a convicted felon being in possession of a firearm.

Multiple agencies responded to the standoff including Yakima and Wapato Police, Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and Yakama Tribal Police.


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