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Yakima deputies detail hours-long standoff with suicidal man

YAKIMA CO., Wash. - Multiple local law enforcement agencies were involved in a standoff that lasted for several hours in the West Valley area on Sunday.

According to Yakima County Sheriff’s deputies, a suicidal 46-year-old man was reported with a handgun in the 500 block of Songbird Road.

Deputies say his wife was able to disarm the man, and then he took off in a vehicle to the 1900 block of Barber Road.

A resident then got in a confrontation with the suicidal man, who had obtained another handgun. Police say during their exchange, the man fired the gun, but no one was hurt.

Afterwards, deputies arrived and found the man in his vehicle, and he refused to surrender.

Yakima police, Washington State Patrol, Union Gap police, Washington State Fish and Game, and Grandview police were called in to help as the man “displayed the firearm several times and gestured as if he was intending to harm himself.”

The standoff lasted for several hours, but in the end, the man shot himself. Medical personnel rushed to help, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

No names are being released at this time.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or call 911.

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