As of 10 p.m., Police had not had contact for several hours with a man who barricaded himself in a home on the 2800 block of Aberdeen Avenue in Hoquiam after allegedly shooting a police officer Wednesday morning.
Police had been talking to the man until about 4:30 p.m., when he fired several shots at a Washington State Patrol SWAT vehicle, according the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate. Earlier in the day, the man also opened fire on a robot deployed into the home by the State Patrol, Shumate said.
Repeated volleys of tear gas were deployed into the home throughout the evening, as SWAT teams from the Harbor and the Washington State Patrol positioned themselves in the event the man did not come out peacefully. The State Patrol SWAT team had taken the lead as of 10 p.m., Shumate added. There was not believed to be anyone inside the home with the man, he said.
The officer, whose name has not been released, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen and released, Shumate said.
The incident started the day before when two Hoquiam officers served warrants on a man and a woman at the home, Shumate said. The woman was arrested and the man gave a false identity.
At 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, four Hoquiam officers returned to arrest the man after his real identity was discovered.
According to Shumate, there was an altercation and the man pulled a gun and fired, hitting the officer. The police withdrew from the home while returning fire.
Hoquiam and Aberdeen police, as well as members of the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department, quickly arrived on the scene and closed off a two-block perimeter around the house. A crisis negotiator was sent in to talk to the man and the Aberdeen SWAT team was brought in. By 2 p.m., members of the State Patrol SWAT and Bomb Squad teams were on scene as well.
Crowds gathered at all sides of the the barricade while a command center was set up on the west side of the barricade at the corner of 29th Street and Aberdeen Avenue. Neighbors gathered on the east side of the barricade as officers and troopers with rifles set up behind wood piles, cars and fences.