Kennewick police and the Regional SWAT team searched for a person of interest in a homicide Wednesday at a house on East 2nd Avenue.
UPDATE/KENNEWICK, WA - Kennewick Police say a 17 year old boy is in the Benton County Juvenile Justice Center for a murder back in December.
Kennewick Police and the regional SWAT surrounded a house along the 300 block of E 2nd Ave. Wednesday afternoon.
Police say they questioned three people during the search Wednesday that led investigators to the teenager.
Police say the teen gave them his account in the stabbing of 23-year-old Gerardo Villamar on Christmas Eve.
Police say the teen is now waiting for prosecutors to decide on charges
KENNEWICK, WA - Kennewick police and the Regional SWAT team searched for a person of interest in a homicide Wednesday at a house on East 2nd Avenue.
Around 4:3P.M., officers blocked off the street. At that time, police say an officer went to serve a search warrant for the person they believe has more information about a Christmas Eve stabbing that killed 23-year-old Gerardo Villamar.
Police tell NBC Right Now they took two people out of the house, but thought someone might be still inside. That's when officers did an additional search before allowing neighbors to return to their homes.
"Because of the severity of the crime originally, we wanted to make sure the officer would be safe when he made contact up here. If there were any incidents that happened, we wanted to make the SWAT team available," Detective Jack Simington told our reporter.
Simington says the two people found at the house were taken in for questioning and detectives are working to confirm the identity of one of those people as the person of interest.
KENNEWICK, WA - We have a reporter at the scene of a stand off at 2nd and Date in Kennewick. We're working on getting more details but what we know so far is a person of interest from a homicide on Christmas Eve is inside a home.
The Tri-City Regional Swat Team has been there for about 45 minutes. Several people have already come out of the home but officers believe at least one man is still inside. They have reason to believe there may be weapons inside the house.