Police standoff

Police respond Wednesday, July 3, 2019, to a standoff with a man on the roof of the Pacific Apartments on South Sixth Avenue in Yakima. The standoff lasted several hours.

YAKIMA, Wash. — Prosecutors charged a 56-year-old transient with threatening to kill Yakima police officers during a three-hour rooftop standoff last week.

Darren P. McHugh was charged with a single count of felony harassment of a criminal justice participant earlier this week in Yakima County Superior Court.

A Yakima Housing Authority employee spotted McHugh on the roof of the Pacific Apartments, 504 Pacific Ave., around 12:50 p.m. July 3, according to court documents. McHugh, who had an outstanding state Department of Corrections warrant, refused to get down from the roof, and when police officers arrived, he threatened to shoot them with a gun he claimed was in his pocket, the documents said.

While a gun was not found, officers said McHugh threw a bullet casing at officers and continued to taunt them for three hours as the apartments were evacuated, nearby streets were cordoned off and SWAT team members took up positions.

McHugh eventually surrendered to police and was taken into custody. He is being held in the Yakima County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned July 19.

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