Wanted Man Arrested After threatens to kill himself in Toppenish
A man arrested in the parking lot of Legends Casino in Toppenish Monday was wanted for 1st degree robbery and 1st degree assault stemming from an armed carjacking last week.
WHEN THE MAN WAS CONTACTED HE PLACED GUN TO HIS HEAD
Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office were called to the casino at 580 Fort Road at about 10:39 pm Monday where they found the man asleep in a vehicle with a firearm in his hand. When Officers contacted the man he immediately placed the gun to his head and threatened to kill himself. Officers from the Wapato Police Department, Toppenish Police Department, Yakama Nation Tribal Police, and negotiators from the Yakima Police Department responded to help take the man into custody. The casino was on lockdown during the incident.
DEPUTIES RECOGNIZED THE MAN WANTED FOR A RECENT CRIME
A press release says Deputies recognized the man as a suspect in the carjacking and also wanted for failing to register as a sex offender and for probation violations.
Rather than pulling the man from his vehicle authorities spent hours trying to talk to the man as he kept the pistol pointed at his head and his finger on the trigger.
AUTHORITIES SAY THEY SPENT HOURS TALKING TO THE MAN
Authorities numerous attempts of "de-escalation were attempted to include verbalization, hostage negotiators, phone calls with family members, and numerous items requested by the suspect." The man eventually unloaded his firearm and exited the vehicle but he refused Deputies' orders. That's when the man was shot by Deputies using less-than-lethal munitions. K-9 Officer Zorro also helped take the man into custody. The man is sitting in the Yakima County jail on firearms and resisting arrest charges and his outstanding warrants.