A man arrested for a Dec. 6 shooting in Kennewick is refusing to cooperate with police and tell them who else was involved in the early morning gunfight, according to court documents.
Edgar Alonzo Betancourt, 25, of Kennewick, is in the Benton County jail on suspicion of rioting with a deadly weapon.
He was booked Thursday after police were unsuccessful in further interviewing him, documents said.
Judge Bob Ingvalson of Benton County District Court has ordered Betancourt held without bail while prosecutors decide whether to charge or release him.
Police responded to reports of possible shots fired at 12:56 a.m. Dec. 6 in the 300 block of North Fillmore Street near Albertsons on Clearwater Avenue.
Officers determined there was a gunfight in the neighborhood after finding six spent .45-caliber casings near one home and four spent shotgun wads near another house, court documents said. The bullet strikes show they were fired to the north, while the buckshot strikes were fired to the south.
Betancourt‘s house was closest to the shotgun wads. Police learned he allegedly was involved and ran before they arrived. He was contacted by phone and said six men had approached him and his friend in the parking lot and shot at them, but he wouldn’t cooperate further, court documents said.
During his Dec. 11 interview at the Kennewick police station, Betancourt would only say that he saw six men and walked away. He wouldn’t even confirm for Detective Jose Santoy that the men had shot at him or that a shotgun had been fired that night, documents said.
Police also served search warrants on Betancourt’s home.
The investigative hold is for rioting because there were “three or more males knowingly using force against one another with a deadly weapon.”
Some parked vehicles were damaged in the gun battle, but no person was injured. Police are working to identify the other suspects in the incident, which they believe was gang-related.
Anyone with information about the shooting can remain anonymous by calling Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 509-586-8477 or 800-222-8477.
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