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Police arrest last of four suspects from a Presidents Day shooting in dramatic fashion

Kennewick police block off a neighborhood Friday during a standoff near Fourth Avenue and Washington Street, where about a dozen officers are trying to get a suspect to surrender.
Kennewick police block off a neighborhood Friday during a standoff near Fourth Avenue and Washington Street, where about a dozen officers are trying to get a suspect to surrender. Tri-City Herald

The last two of the four suspects connected to a Presidents Day shooting in Kennewick were arrested separately Friday morning.

Angel Martinez, 32, of Pasco, was arrested during a two-hour standoff with police and the regional SWAT team in east Kennewick, and Romero Sanchez, 21, of Kennewick, was arrested leaving a home in the 2400 block of Horizon View Lane in Richland.

Both were arrested in connection with the Feb. 20 shooting incident in the 1600 block of South Dayton Place.

Martinez and Sanchez both were arrested on warrants charging them with first degree robbery in connection with the shooting incident inspired a dramatic scene at the intersection of East Fourth Avenue and South Washington Street Friday morning. Police previously arrested Artemisa Sanchez, 25, and Victor Garcia, 22, on the same charges in connection with the incident.

When Martinez did not respond to officers calling for him to exit the house, the police department and neighboring agencies surrounded the house and blocked off a portion of the street. Over the course of the slow-moving standoff, five men and one woman eventually exited, including Martinez.

After Martinez surrendered, the SWAT team entered the house and a trailer in the side yard.

Kennewick Detective Sgt. Ryan Kelly said one of the other people in the house was arrested on an unrelated warrant.

At the height of the standoff, more than a dozen law enforcement vehicles and officers blocked off the neighborhood while neighbors and reporters watched from a nearby lot.

The original shooting occurred in the early morning hours of Presidents Day. At the time, a man told police he was home when two young men came to his house in the early hours of Presidents Day. There was an argument and a pistol was drawn and the man was shot at but not injured.

Wendy Culverwell: 509-582-1514, @WendyCulverwell

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