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UPDATE: Police shoot, kill suspect in Benton City standoff

Tri-Cities police agencies were called to home on Jonah Lane in Benton City on June 7, 2018, after a reportedly suicidal man was holding a woman hostage. When he refused to let the woman go he was shot and killed by a Pasco police sniper.
Tri-Cities police agencies were called to home on Jonah Lane in Benton City on June 7, 2018, after a reportedly suicidal man was holding a woman hostage. When he refused to let the woman go he was shot and killed by a Pasco police sniper. cprobert@tricityherald.com

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.

Cameron Probert: 509-582-1402; Twitter @cameroncprobert
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