A group distributing Bibles interrupted an apparent suicide attempt Saturday at the Highlander Apartments in Kennewick, according to the Kennewick police.
When the church group knocked at a second-floor apartment about noon, a man came to the door covered in blood from what appeared to be knife wound, said Kennewick police Cpl. Matt Newton.
They ran down the stairs, hearing a noise they thought might be a gunshot, and called police.
A resident of the apartment complex at 3030 W. 4th Ave. confirmed to police that he had seen a man lying on a second-floor landing covered with blood. He thought the man might have been dragged back into the apartment, Newton said.
Police surrounded the apartment and yelled at the man to come out the front door. Instead, he came out on the balcony and said something police could not understand before going back inside. He was bleeding heavily from his arm and abdomen.
The Tri-City Regional SWAT team was called for fear that someone might be holding the man inside the apartment.
But as SWAT arrived, the man came out of the apartment and was taken to Trios Southridge Hospital. Police searched the apartment and found no one inside. Nearby apartments already had been evacuated.
Police are treating the incident as a suicide attempt after learning that the man had sent a text to his girlfriend saying he was going to kill himself.