Police officers with guns drawn surrounded a Kennewick house Tuesday afternoon and eventually broke down the door to search for a wanted suspect.
Police had waited outside the house on West Entiat Avenue with rifles pointed at the front door for more than an hour, repeatedly calling over a loudspeaker for the suspect to come out.
But when officers used a battering ram and police dog to go inside, Oscar Jesus Guerrero-Bautista was not there.
“We thought he went into the house,” said Cmdr. Trevor White with Kennewick police. “All our guys searched the house everywhere and didn’t find him. They are confident he was not there.”
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The incident started with a tip from a confidential source who told investigators there might have been a dead body in a Kennewick house on South Quincy Street, White said.
While officers were near the Quincy Street house, they saw Guerrero-Bautista, 29, leaving in a pickup. He is wanted on several outstanding warrants, so officers followed him to near West Entiat Avenue.
As police were attempting to stop the truck, Guerrero-Bautista jumped out and ran toward the back of the house, White said. Guerrero-Bautista has ties to the house and officers thought he went inside.
Authorities surrounded the home, blocked off the area around the house and waited for Guerrero-Bautista to come out.
After more than an hour, authorities got a search warrant and called in members of the Tri-Cities Regional SWAT Team, which broke down the front door at about 2:10 p.m.
Neighbors said they are frustrated with the amount of criminal activity in the neighborhood recently.
Bill Glover watched from his nearby house as officers moved about his street with high-powered rifles and protective vests.
“There’s a lot of problems on this street. It’s a drug problem here,” he said. “I wish (police) could clean these people up and get them off the street.”
Officers later returned to the house on Quincy where the dead body was reported. Police found nothing inside.
Officers even called in a fire truck to use a ladder to search a space near the roof.
Police are asking anyone with information on Guerrero-Bautista’s whereabouts to call the Kennewick non-emergency number at 509-628-0333.
-- Tyler Richardson: 582-1556; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @Ty_richardson