Central Park standoff ends peacefully


No one was injured on Thursday night after a man in Central Park and law enforcement officers had a four-hour stand off after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife, then barricaded himself inside his trailer, a spokesman for the Gray Harbor County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

The incident started sometime after 5 p.m. in a trailer park located just off Pioneer Road. The man’s 56-year-old wife called 911 and told dispatchers that her husband had pointed a weapon at her several times during the day and threatened to kill her.

The woman told dispatchers that she was scared to leave the trailer because her 54-year-old husband had threaten to kill their pets. Law enforcement officials instructed her to leave the premises immediately if she was able.

Officers at the scene were joined by officers from numerous other departments. In all, personnel from the Gray’s Harbor Sheriff’s Office were assisted by the Washington State Patrol, officers from the state Department of Fish & Wildlife and officers from the Hoquiam, Aberdeen and Montesano police departments.

The man had barricaded himself into his trailer, other residents in the neighborhood were evacuated and the area was blocked off. Crisis negotiators were brought in to talk to the man, who claimed to have a “directional bomb” in the home. After two hours, the man made an attempt to leave the trailer, officials said, but quickly retreated. Just after 9 p.m. he stepped out of the trailer again, and four minutes later he was in custody. The “bomb” was later found to be a fuel container.

The man was assisted by members of Grays Harbor Fire District 2, then taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital under police guard.

He was later booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail on charges of second degree domestic violence assault.