KENNEWICK — Shots were fired and a young Kennewick man died on the steps of a Kennewick home early Tuesday, apparently after a resident there reported a burglar at his house.
But the case grew more complicated as one of the two people at the home was booked into the Benton County jail later in the day on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to deliver, according to police.
"We're still trying to determine the relationship between the deceased and the homeowner, but obviously drugs were a factor," Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg said Tuesday night.
Tyler Alexander Stock, 20, died, and Ramon Madrigal, 26, who lived at the house where Stock died, was jailed.
Police received a 911 call at 1:21 a.m. Tuesday about a burglary in progress at 206 N. Buntin St., just northeast of Vista Way in central Kennewick. Before they arrived, they got a second call saying shots had been fired.
Andrea Sanchez, who lives next door on the corner of Clearwater Avenue, said the gunfire woke her up. When police arrived she saw the man and woman who live in the house come out with their hands up, she said.
Because several shots were fired, Kennewick police asked the Washington State Patrol crime investigation team to come to Kennewick from Spokane to help, Hohenberg said. They also had to wait to get a search warrant for the house, he said.
At noon, police officers had a table set up in the backyard of the beige single-story house and were taking photographs of items. A picture window in the back of the house had a round hole surrounded by cracking in an upper corner. In the front of the house, a tent had been set up over the front steps where Stock lay.
"Initially we didn't take the occupant into custody," Hohenberg said.
Investigators still were at the house Tuesday night, and Hohenberg said officers were trying to determine the motive for the apparent burglary or robbery.
"We still have a lot of work to do," he said.
Madrigal made his initial appearance in Benton County District Court at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, confirmed Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller.
Judge Joe Burrowes found that there was probable cause to hold Madrigal on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to deliver.
Madrigal's attorney, Bob Thompson, asked for $2,500 bail, but Miller argued for no bail, saying that Madrigal's connection to the shooting might give him reason to flee, Miller said.
Sources close to the investigation said the allegations include that a backpack filled with evidence of marijuana sales was found in the backyard during the shooting investigation.
Madrigal is being held without bail, but attorneys could ask the court to reconsider the bail issue again today or Thursday.
An autopsy was completed Tuesday night, but Benton County Coroner John Hansens said information would not be released until today.
Last week, Stock, who graduated from New Horizons High School last June, pleaded guilty to threatening a Pasco High School student with a gun in November.
According to court documents, Pasco officers were called to check out suspicious activity behind the Dairy Queen on Court Street because it looked like a group of men were about to fight.
Stock told police that 17-year-old Samuel Diaz was trying to "call him out," so he went home, got his gun and confronted Diaz, documents said.
The confrontation escalated and Diaz said he felt like he was going to die, but Stock got back into the car. Police arrived soon after.
Inside the car, officers found a loaded 9 mm rifle, a loaded shotgun with a spent round in the chamber, another shotgun and some 9 mm ammunition, documents said.
Also found were 66 grams of packaged marijuana, a ski mask, blue bandanna and a digital scale, documents said.
He was sentenced in Franklin County Superior Court to one month in jail for possessing marijuana and fourth-degree assault. He already had served a month and was released, court records show.
Herald archives show Stock received a deferred sentence in 2004 when he was 13 after being involved in a $35,000 vandalism spree with two other boys at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Richland.
The rampage included broken windows, spilled paint, smashed computers, TVs and copy machines, a shattered fish tank and other damage.
Court records also show Madrigal pleaded guilty in 2006 to first-degree criminal trespassing. The charge was reduced from residential burglary. He served 30 days on a work crew and paid off his court costs.