A standoff lasting more than four hours at a Kennewick apartment Sunday morning ended peacefully after the Tri-City Regional SWAT team detonated "flash-bangs."
At 8:07 a.m., Daniel Harrington, 18, reported that he had been assaulted by Jeffry McGrath, 53, in McGrath's home at the Edison Village Apartments, 530 N. Edison St., according to police reports.
When police arrived, McGrath refused to leave apartment A-104, according to police reports. McGrath told police he was not going to jail and indicated he might have had a gun, according to police reports.
Harrington, 18, had left the apartment, but his mother, whom police reports did not name, remained inside with McGrath, said Kennewick police officer Aaron Hamel. It was not a hostage situation, Hamel said.
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About 11:15 a.m., the SWAT team that was staged in the apartment complex parking lot approached the building and several people, including children, were brought out of the complex.
About 11:40 a.m., law enforcement began using a loudspeaker to talk to McGrath.
When he still did not come out, they detonated nonlethal grenades, called flash-bangs, that are designed to disorient with bright light and noise.
McGrath left his apartment about 1 p.m. and was booked into Benton County jail on suspicion of second-degree assault and felony harassment, according to police reports.
Police say house fire causes $40,000 in damage; no injuries
Firefighters were able to save a house that burned Saturday morning in Kennewick, but the fire caused an estimated $40,000 in damage, said Tod Kreutz, battalion chief for the Kennewick Fire Department.
Kennewick firefighters were called to the fire at 6723 W. Victoria Ave. at 5:42 a.m., he said. A fire had started in the garage and spread to the attic of the house.
The house was in a neighborhood that is part of a county pocket of land, and it did not have an upgraded water system for firefighting, Kreutz said. However, the Kennewick Fire Department and Benton County Fire District No. 1 were able to stop the fire from spreading beyond the attic, he said.
Residents of the house were home when the fire started, but no one was injured. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Kreutz said.
Man dies of gunshot wound in Kennewick
Scott Allen Brinkman, 38, died Saturday of a gunshot wound, said Dennis Morris, Benton County deputy coroner.
The death, at his home in the Union Street and West Seventh Avenue area of Kennewick, is being investigated as a suicide.
Idaho man injured in Othello crash still in critical condition
The driver of a pickup hit by a semi truck and trailer in Othello remained in critical condition Sunday.
Carl Edwards, 57, of Priest River, Idaho, was driving a Mazda pickup east on Highway 26 at 4:35 p.m. Friday, according to the Washington State Patrol. He turned left onto First Street in Othello and was hit by a semi being driven west by Dirk Vandersar, 61, of Mount Vernon, according to police reports.
Edwards was taken by ambulance to Othello Community Hospital and then flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Vandersar was not injured.
Edwards will be charged with failure to yield, according to police reports. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.
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