Man Barricades Himself Inside Woman's Home
BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - A farmer escapes gun shots without being hurt Monday afternoon.
The man who owns the land off of Leonard PR SE just outside of Benton City drove up to a transient around noon on Monday. That man told the farmer he had accidentally set a fire in the area by throwing out his cigarette butt Sunday night. Benton County Sheriffs said the farmer then tried to call 911 after hearing the man set the fire.
However, the transient opened the farmer's truck door, grabbed the phone and a loaded rifle from inside, and started firing at the truck.
The suspected gunman then ran into Sharron Holden's home on 73507 Leonard PR SE and locked himself in the house. Holden said she had left her home only 15 minutes before the incident.
Benton County S.W.A.T fired several rounds of tear gas into the home but the suspect had not come out as of late Monday night.
The stand-off has lasted so long, Yakima Police S.W.A.T relieved Benton County officers and took over.
Sheriffs said the suspected gunman is somehow connected to a murder in Alabama and has recently had over fifty contacts with a police agency on the west side of the state.
The farmer was not hurt in the incident. However, three homes were still evacuated as of late Monday night leaving three families without a place to stay.