A 16-year-old Kennewick High School student was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly pointing a gun at another teen off school grounds the night before, police said.
The search for the suspect prompted a brief lockdown Tuesday afternoon at the school after the 17-year-old victim reported the incident, said Kennewick police Sgt. Ken Lattin.
The victim said the suspect confronted him near the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Kent Street. The suspect reportedly pointed a handgun at him and demanded money.
The victim walked away. No money or property was taken and the victim was not hurt, Lattin said.
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The 17-year-old student told a school administrator what happened around 2 p.m., and the school was locked down in case the suspect was on campus.
Once officers learned he was not at school, students were released from their classes, Lattin said. The lockdown lasted about 20 minutes.
There is no evidence any crime occurred on school property and no information that a weapon was brought to school, Lattin said.
The suspect was later arrested and booked into the juvenile detention center on suspicion of first-degree robbery.
The weapon was not recovered, Lattin said.
Autopsy complete on Moses Lake fire victim
A Moses Lake man killed in a house fire early Sunday died of inhalation of products of combustion, the Grant County coroner said.
Eric R. Puck, 31, was found dead inside a home in the 5900 block of Road J-SE, south of Moses Lake, Coroner Craig Morrison said.
The autopsy was completed Wednesday. Morrison ruled Puck's death was accidental.
Man found near car with gunshot wound
Kennewick police responded to Columbia Park Wednesday morning after an 81-year-old Richland man was found on the ground outside of his car.
The man was bleeding from his head from a single gunshot wound, said Sgt. Ken Lattin. The man was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.
Officers recovered the gun and believe nobody else was involved, Lattin said. The shooting does not appear to be accidental, he said.
Police were called at 11 a.m. after a passing motorist saw the man at the entrance to the old campgrounds at the west end of the park and stopped to help.
His condition is not known.
Police searching for man on various charges
Kennewick police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are searching for a man wanted for forgery, theft and drug charges.
Daniel Dean Hafer, 28, is 5-foot-11, 170 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He has tattoos on his right hand of a skull with helmet and the initials "DD," a live and dead bird on his chest and "Daniel" on his right arm.
Hafer has used the alias Danny Zook.
He's charged with forgery, four counts of second-degree theft, possession of cocaine and vehicle theft.
Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest.
Anyone with information about Hafer's whereabouts can call 586-8477 or visit www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips can also be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).
All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.
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