Sunnyside man safe after suicide stand-off with police

The Sunnyside Police Department SWAT team was on standby for most of Tuesday as a hostage negotiator attempted to communicate with a despondent man wanting to commit suicide.

The 51-year-old Sunnyside man called the sheriff's office at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The man reported that he was in his Emerald Road home and was armed and barricaded in his house. The man was alone in the house.

"Yakima County requested the assistance of our SWAT team," said Sunnyside Police Department Deputy Chief Phil Schenck. "We provided that assistance along with some additional help from Grandview and Granger."

About 20 law enforcement officials spent the majority of the day at the house securing the scene and attempting to communicate with the man.

Police were able to go into the home shortly after 5 p.m. and disarm the man.

"No shots were fired and no one was injured," said Schenck.

The man was turned over to mental health professionals in Yakima.


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