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Tri-City officers arrest 27 suspected gang members

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - More than two dozen suspected gang members are off the streets after a gang sweep by local law enforcement.

Police in Kennewick teamed up with officers in Pasco and Richland as well as U.S. Marshals and Federal Agents to conduct the targeted sweep.

They arrested 27 people on October 10 in Kennewick.

After the arrest, Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg stressed the safety of the community above all else.

"We have a confrontation, people are armed and the next thing you know you have people firing weapons off in our jurisdiction and the problem is we're very concerned about innocent parties being hurt," Hohenberg said.

Officers targeted a total of 66 gang members. 14 were charged with a felony and 23 with a misdemeanor. Two of them were juveniles.

"With the cooperative efforts that we have, the emphasis out there is when these gangs do something, whether it's here in Kennewick or in Pasco; we're going to come after you. We're going to come after your with full steam," said Robert Metzger, Pasco Police Chief.

Over the last three years, law enforcement have arrested more than 280 suspected gang members in the Tri-Cities.