A Pasco police officer killed a man Thursday who refused to let a hostage go during a standoff in Benton City.
Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher confirmed an officer shot the 50-year-old suspect from West Richland. The man's name was not released.
The incident that started with an armed, suicidal man now is an officer-involved shooting investigation, Hatcher said.
Deputies responded around 11:30 a.m. to a report of a suicidal man at a home on the 1000 block of Jonah Lane.
It quickly turned into a hostage situation, Hatcher said, with the man refusing to let a woman leave the house.
Police and deputies surrounded the house and spent several hours talking with the man, who had a handgun, and the woman he was holding at gunpoint.
Members of the Tri-City Regional SWAT team arrived and eventually stormed inside.
Pasco police Sgt. Scott Warren confirmed that a Pasco officer was involved in the shooting.
The officer also was a member of the SWAT team, which is made up of officers from various local law enforcement agencies.
Hatcher said the man had run-ins with police in the past.
Officer-involved shootings in the Tri-Cities are generally investigated by a Special Investigations Unit with detectives from other agencies.