Standoff House Torn Apart
BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - A standoff outside Benton City leaves a women's home in pieces. SWAT teams eventually convinced the man to come out peacefully, but not before officers and the suspect tear the house apart.
Police spent over 13 hours trying get the suspect out of the house. The man inside turned everything upside down. Swat teams launched dozens of tear gas casings through the windows and walls. Now that it's over the house needs major repairs.
"They shot all the windows out, there's a hole in the door," said Homeowner Sharon Holden.
Holden wasn't home when the gunman barricaded himself inside her home. She knew police had gassed her house before she arrived, but had no idea how much damage had been done.
"All the glass is going to have to be replaced. I don't have a bathroom that works now because the tub is blown up," said Holden.
Nearly every window blown out. Tear gas smeared across the ceiling and burnt holes through the walls. There's so much gas still in the house the family can only stand to stay inside for a few minutes. They don't know how much damages will cost. But they said it could have been worse.
"My neighbors live across the street and he could've just as easily ended up over there, and she's got little kids. So I guess if it had to happen it's better in an empty house where nobody got hurt," said Holden.
The Benton County Sheriff's Office said it's not the first time the SWAT team destroyed an innocent persons home. But if Holden writes up an accurate claim, deputies said chances are the county commissioners will cover the cost of damages.
"We understand that sometimes people have things out of their control and they get involved in situations where they need some help," said Lt. Steve Keane, Benton County Sheriff's Office.
Holden said Beemers Pizza in Benton City was nice enough to let her family stay there after hours during the standoff.