Teenagers detained in Kennewick for allegedly pulling firearm after getting caught graffitiing


KENNEWICK, Wash. — Police officers detained a group of teenagers from inside a residence near Kamiakin High School after allegedly pulling a gun on a person who confronted them for graffitiing a nearby apartment complex.

KAPP-KVEW spoke with Lt. Jason Kiel of the Kennewick Police Department, who confirmed a large police presence near the intersection of W Hood Ave and N Harrison Place. Authorities say the group was caught spray painting at a residence nearby.

The victim of the crime, who may have been a maintenance worker or employee for the complex, told local law enforcement that a firearm was pulled out and used to make a threat before the group ran away from the scene of the incident.

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This widescale police presence just blocks away from Kamiakin High School forced the school into lockdown for a brief period before Noon on May 3, 2022. However, there was no threat to the school and the lockdown has since been lifted.

Several teenage suspects were brought into custody by Kennewick police officers. It’s unclear how many there were in total or what crimes they may be charged with.

UPDATE at 3:15 p.m. on May 3: Kennewick police confirmed that the group was comprised of four juvenile males. One of them was booked into the Benton County Jail for second-degree assault charges. Another was booked for assault to the second degree. One final juvenile suspect was booked for malicious mischief.

This is a developing news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued once further details are made publically available.


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