Oak Harbor police officers talk near the site of a standoff Wednesday. (Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times)

Suspect in domestic-violence incident arrested downtown | Update

  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:01pm
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A man who triggered a lengthy police response in an Oak Harbor neighborhood Wednesday was arrested downtown, police reported.

Oak Harbor police surrounded a home on Southeast Sixth Avenue, deployed the department’s High Rik Entry Team, closed roads and evacuated nearby neighbors Wednesday following the report of a domestic assault involving a potentially armed and dangerous suspect.

Police deployed tear gas into the home during the incident, which lasted most of the day, police reported.

Area schools were notified by the police. The schools were not asked to close, but the nearby Oak Harbor Christian School chose to cancel classes for the day, according to a police official. Oak Harbor Elementary was placed in lockout as a precautionary measure.

Officers secured the scene in the late afternoon but did not find the suspect inside the house. Road blocks were removed at that time and residents were allowed back in their homes. Residents had been sheltered at the Oak Harbor Fire Department’s station during the incident.

An officer who was patrolling downtown later that evening saw the suspect. The man took off running and the officer chased after him. The officer caught the suspect and took him into custody after a struggle. He was arrested on suspicion of domestic-violence assault and attempting to elude an officer.

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