Roof man

Police respond Wednesday to a standoff with a man on the roof of the Pacific Apartments on South Sixth Avenue in Yakima. The standoff lasted for several hours.

Bail was set at $10,000 Friday for a 56-year-old transient man who was the subject of a three-hour standoff on Pacific Avenue two days earlier.

A Yakima Housing Authority employee spotted Darren Patrick McHugh on the roof of the Pacific Apartments, 504 Pacific Ave., around 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, and he refused to come off the building, according to a probable-cause affidavit. When police arrived, McHugh refused to come down and threatened to shoot officers with a “.380 mini Glock” he claimed was in his pocket if officers tried to get him, the affidavit said.

He also told officers the only way they could get him down would be to shoot him, the affidavit said.

Officers said McHugh appeared to have a knife in his back pocket, and repeated his threat to shoot officers, throwing a shell casing toward officers, the affidavit said.


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Police evacuated the apartments, closed off nearby streets and entered negotiations with McHugh that lasted for three hours as a SWAT team took up positions. During that time, McHugh paced around the roof and, after officers set off a flash-bang grenade, he appeared to inject himself.

McHugh eventually came down and was arrested on a state Department of Corrections warrant. He was booked into the Yakima County jail on suspicion of felony harassment and trespassing on a roof. His arraignment is set for July 19.

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