YAKIMA, Washington- The Yakima Herald reports that local police received reports of a blind man threatening people with a gun at the Cascade Apartments at 20 N. First St. in the city. The subject identified as Jose Garcia barricaded himself in his fourth-floor apartment and was acting erratically, police said.
After five hours into the standoff, police obtained a search warrant for the apartment and forced the door open, continuing to negotiate with Garcia. However, officials said the situation quickly “deteriorated” and two officers shot Garcia.
Yakima Police Capt. Jeff Schneider said he did not have exact details on what happened as detectives were still investigating the shooting, the report said.
“Until we talk to the officers, we cannot be more clear,” said Schneider, who would not identify the officers involved.
Police said they found a gun in Garcia’s apartment but did not specify the type.
Property manager Misty Quesnell said officers carried Garcia down the stairs in a blanket to a waiting ambulance.
She said Garcia moved into the building three months ago in an effort to become more independent. Other tenants reached out to help him, Quesnell said.
During the incident, tenants in neighboring apartments were evacuated to the building’s lobby, while people who came in during the evening were barred from returning to their rooms on the top floor, Quesnell said.
Apartment staff and other tenants provided blankets and space heaters for the displaced residents, she said.
All three officers who fired shots in the two cases were placed on routine administrative leave. The Washington State Patrol is investigating the shooting of Escobar and Yakima police are investigating the shooting of Garcia, the Yakima Herald explained.
Just 30 minutes prior to this incident, Yakima police shot and killed another man after a standoff. The deceased subject claimed to have shot people and was intoxicated at the time of the incident.