PENDLETON -- A 26-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a Hermiston man pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide.
Jesus Carrillo Jr. had been charged with murder, but he agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge this week in a Pendleton courtroom.
Prosecutors said Carrillo shot 34-year-old Heriberto Aparacio Garcia during a party at the victim's home last November.
A judge will sentence Carrillo Oct. 29.
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Police trying to identify woman who forged prescriptions
Police in Kennewick and Walla Walla are trying to identify a woman who allegedly visited several pharmacies Aug. 19-20 in Kennewick and Walla Walla using forged prescriptions and false identification in obtaining narcotics.
She reportedly was seen in Kennewick using a black BMW sedan.
Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Call 509-586-8477, 800-222-8477 or go to tricitiescrimestoppers.org.
Walla Walla schools locked down during Thursday police standoff
WALLA WALLA -- School officials locked down Lincoln High School and Garrison Middle School in Walla Walla during a Thursday afternoon police standoff.
Walla Walla police closed Maple Street between Third and Fourth avenues after hearing reports of an individual barricaded in a home, according to the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. Walla Walla police haven't commented on the incident but witnesses said an armed, possibly suicidal man was inside the home.
The proximity of police activity to the schools prompted the schools to lock down around the time students usually are sent home, according to a release from the Walla Walla School District.
Bus-riding students were kept at the school until their parents could pick them up, while students who walked home were detoured away from the area.
District staff were posted in the area to direct students away.
The standoff ended around 3 p.m. after authorities entered the home, followed by emergency medical personnel. A police officer was seen speaking to a woman after police exited the home, and she reportedly became upset, the Union-Bulletin reported.
Police in Walla Walla investigate report of gunshots Wednesday
WALLA WALLA -- Police are investigating a report of multiple gunshots at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday in the area between Chase Street and Ninth Avenue and Chestnut and McAuliff streets.
According to Walla Walla police Capt. Terry Heisey, roughly six people reported hearing multiple gunshots, in some cases, as many as 10 shots.
The report follows two shootings in less than a week that sent at least five people to the hospital with injuries.
Jesse Castillo, 21, and Nelson Zuniga, 22, were injured in the shooting on Cherry Street last week, according to court documents. Both were released from the hospital earlier this week.
Miguel Castaneda, 22, and Micheala Garcia, 21, were injured in a shooting in Milton-Freewater on Monday.
Dispatch records show that police have received almost 10 reports of shots fired since the shooting Thursday, while there were almost no reports of shots fired in the week prior to the shooting.