Yakima police and Yakima County sheriff's deputies detain a man who police say was throwing rocks at cars from a hill above Powerhouse Road in Yakima Wednesday, Oct. 16. Police had Powerhouse Road shut down for more than two hours while negotiators talked with the man who eventually surrendered. (Donald W. Meyers/Yakima Herald-Republic)

YAKIMA, Wash. — Powerhouse Road was shut down for nearly three hours Wednesday while Yakima police negotiated with a man who authorities say was throwing rocks at cars and acting erratically.

Police were called to the area near Pecks Canyon Road around 9 a.m. on a report of a man near the top of the hill throwing rocks at passing cars, Yakima police Capt. Shawn Boyle said. The man told police that he had a firearm and he wanted to die, Boyle said.

“He was having some kind of mental-health issue,” Boyle said, noting that the man may have also been on drugs.

He was about 60 yards up the hill from the road, and Yakima police, Union Gap and sheriff’s officers responded. Boyle said on-duty members of the Yakima SWAT team were called in help negotiate with the man.


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He was taken into custody shortly before noon when he surrendered to police, Boyle said. He is being booked on an outstanding warrant and suspicion of misdemeanors.

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