Man who threatened to shoot Yakima police from roof held on $10K bail

YAKIMA, Wash. - A man was on the roof of a Yakima housing complex for over three hours after threatening to shoot police officers Wednesday afternoon. His bail has been set at $10,000.

Multiple residents at 504 Pacific Avenue told police they had never seen 56-year-old Darren Patrick McHugh before he showed up on the roof. They said McHugh had been on the roof for "a long time" before someone called 911, court documents said. 

A Yakima Housing Authority employee who works at the complex told police McHugh was refusing to come down, and he didn't have permission to be on the roof.

When an officer showed up and started talking to McHugh, he noticed a black object sticking out of McHugh's pocket that appeared to be a knife. 

The officer told McHugh to keep his hands out of his pockets and asked him to get off the roof. 

McHugh replied that he had a ".380 mini Glock" in his pocket and would shoot if officers got on the roof. He also threw a silver bullet in front of the responding officer, court documents said. 

He said officers would need to shoot him to get him down. 

The officer instructed everyone who'd been watching from the lawn to get inside for their own safety, then called for backup. Once more police showed up, they began evacuating the complex. A SWAT team arrived a short time later.​​​​​​

After a standoff that lasted approximately 3.5 hours, McHugh surrendered peacefully. 

He was arrested and booked at the Yakima County Jail on suspicion of felony harassment and trespassing on a roof. 

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