HOQUIAM, Wash. - A police officer was hurt during a shooting at a Hoquiam house Wednesday while making contact with a man with a warrant.
The shooting happened at a home on Aberdeen Avenue around 11 a.m.
On Tuesday night, a man and woman were stopped, and the woman was taken into custody for an outstanding fraud warrant out of Sacramento, Calif. The man produced an ID and was not taken into custody.
Police later determined the ID he gave to officers was a fake, and four Hoquiam officers, including Sgt. Jeff Salstrom, went to his residence to take him into custody Wednesday morning.
The man barricaded himself inside the home.
When the officers got inside the house, the man opened fire and a bullet grazed Salstrom. The officers returned fire and hit the man, but he ran upstairs.
Salstrom got out of the house, but the man remained inside.
Salstrom was walked to an ambulance and was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital. He is expected to be OK.
KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Richard Thompson spoke with neighbors, who watched as police tried to get the man out of the home.
“I just heard pop, pop, get down on the ground. I heard Taser action and shots fired,” said a neighbor.
“He said he had an officer hit and down,” said eyewitness Timothy Hines.
Jake Hagara took photos of a bullet hole in his apartment wall, and one hit a window.
“The bullets came two feet above my bed, right where I sleep,” Hagara said.
A SWAT team moved in and started a standoff with the man. Police do not know how badly injured the man is, but he continues to talk with them and is refusing to give up.
As of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, police are still in a standoff with the man.