Fiery end to Washington standoff (Photo: KIRO-7)
HOQUIAM, WA - HOQUIAM, WA - A two-day standoff in the small town of Hoquiam, Washington ended Thursday morning when a fire forced a wanted Sacramento man out of a home in which he was barricaded.
On Tuesday, police officers arrested 53-year-old Nina Marlow, of Sacramento, who was wanted in California on charges of identity theft and forgery, according to court records.
When police arrested Marlow, the male suspect showed a fake Washington State ID and officers left. When they returned Wednesday morning after realizing it was a fake, the man opened fire, hitting an officer in the leg, and then fled to the second story of the home.
Hoquiam police Sgt. Steve Shumate said the unidentified, 49-year-old suspect shot at officers when tear gas was fired into the home's second story. Police returned fire, but the man did not appear to be injured in the exchange.
The suspect was wearing a gas mask and managed to disable two robots sent into the home to send images back to police.
SWAT team members were able to clear the first floor of the home and were trying to convince the man to give up through Thursday morning.
However, just after 6:30 a.m., the home burst into flames and the man came out of the home with a gun. He was then fatally wounded in an exchange with officers, said Hoquiam Police Sgt. Brian Dayton.
According to Dayton, it was unclear what sparked the fire, but officers had been firing tear gas into the home in attempts to force the man out.
Officers did not indicate why the man was wanted in Sacramento.
The injured officer was treated at a local hospital for a non-life-threatening injury.