A Kennewick domestic violence suspect was shot by a Benton County sheriff’s deputy Saturday evening after a standoff, officials said.
Officers were responding to their third domestic call call in two days involving Robert Bevel, 56, when Deputy Scott Surplus fired a rifle, hitting Bevel in the shoulder with a “less than lethal” shot, Kennewick Police Capt. Ken Lattin said.
The first two calls, both Friday, to the home in the 1300 block of West 26th Avenue involved verbal abuse, and no arrest was made because there was no evidence of an assault, Lattin said.
But Kennewick police returned at 4:55 p.m. Saturday after a 911 call that Bevel had dislocated his adult son’s shoulder.
Family members told officers that Bevel was armed and intoxicated and in a travel trailer where he lived in the home’s back yard, information that was confirmed by Bevel when he called 911, Lattin said.
Officers got a felony warrant for Bevel’s arrest on charges of second-degree domestic violence assault from the county prosecutor’s office and Superior Court.
Kennewick police were joined by sheriff’s deputies and Richland police, and containment was set up around the property, near Yoke’s Fresh Market.
A certified crisis negotiator tried to get Bevel to give up peacefully, but Bevel refused to cooperate, Lattin said.
Bevel walked out of his trailer around 7 p.m. with a gun in his hand and refused to listen to police commands, Lattin said. Surplus then fired the shot and Bevel dropped his weapon.
Officers immediately applied first aid and called paramedics, and Bevel was taken by ambulance to Trios Southridge Hospital, Lattin said.
The Tri-City Special Investigations Unit was on the scene Saturday night to begin the process of looking into the shooting, Lattin said. The investigation is being led by Richland Police Capt. Jeff Taylor.
“Exactly why he did it, that will come out in the SIU investigation,” Lattin said. “But he definitely was a threat.”