Mental health suspect tries to steal semi-truck from BB Gunpoint

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BB gun used by suspect to attempt to rob a truck (KPD)

Early Monday morning, a potential crisis was averted with a man who attempted to steal a semi-truck in Kennewick.

WHAT DID THE SUSPECT TELL THE BIG RIG DRIVER?

At approximately 12:45 a.m., a 9-1-1 call came from a truck driver, who said someone was trying to get into his truck and was pointing a gun at him. The suspect told the driver he wanted to steal his truck. The location of the incident was not disclosed by police.

Scene where the suspect tried to steal a truck (KPD)

Police arrived within minutes and found the suspect there. But when he was ordered to drop the gun and freeze, he did the first part. He threw down the weapon but fled on foot. He was quickly shot and apprehended.

WASN’T THE GUN REALLY A GUN?

It turns out that the weapon was a very realistic BB pistol, the suspect was lucky that the semiconductor did not take any defensive action. Many long-haul drivers legally carry guns for protection.

Police say the suspect, whose name has not been released, is well known to police due to a number of mental health issues. Kennewick Police released this statement which read in part:

“The suspect was held in Benton County Jail for 1st degree assault, 1st degree robbery and under a warrant for his arrest.

The suspect had had many previous contacts with officers and they knew who he was. They were also aware of his state of mental health. Local mental health resources have been notified of the incarcerated suspects so that mental health assistance can be provided. “

This case is a prime example of why Benton County Commissioners (and Franklin) passed this new sales tax, to fund the creation of a mental health treatment center in our area.

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