Several blocks in southeast Yakima were closed off for three hours Wednesday during a standoff with a man who threatened to shoot police, according to the Yakima Police Department.
Officers took the man into custody about 4 p.m.
Police were called to the Pacific Apartments at the corner of South Sixth Street and Pacific Avenue shortly after 1 p.m. for a report of a man on the roof. When officers arrived, the man threatened to shoot the officers, and threw a shell casing at them, said Yakima police Chief Matt Murray.
Officers closed off several blocks, from East Adams Street to Rainier Street between Naches Avenue and South Seventh Street, and began negotiating with the man.
During the standoff, the man walked around the building’s roof as a YPD armored SWAT vehicle arrived and officers in body armor escorted residents out of the apartments.
Officers were joined by Yakima County Sheriff’s deputies, Washington State Patrol troopers and Yakima firefighters. A State Patrol SWAT vehicle was also at the scene, stationed on the Naches Avenue side of the complex.
Murray said the man may have had a knife, but it was not found when he was taken into custody.
At one point in the standoff, police set off a flash-bang grenade, which forced the man to move lower on the roof. Shortly after that, it appeared that the man was injecting something into his arm.
“We did get a report of that, which made things a bit more difficult,” Murray said. “Obviously, some of the tactics we use we would not want to use with someone who is actually using drugs. That made things go a bit longer and made our decision-making a bit more difficult.”
Eventually, the man climbed down a ladder and surrendered to police. Officers were confirming his identity and checking
to see if he has any outstanding warrants, Murray said.