A two-hour standoff in Longview's Columbia Valley Gardens neighborhood ended with an arrest at about 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Longview police.
A man who reportedly barricaded himself inside a house in the 3300 block of Pine Street and was taken to be checked on at St. John Medical Center for "self-inflicted cuts." No officers were injured, the agency reported on Facebook.
Police were still asking residents in the area Tuesday afternoon to keep their windows closed because chemical munitions were deployed by a SWAT team in the process of the arrest.
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Chief Criminal Deputy Troy Brightbill said early on in the standoff that there was a victim, but it was unknown if he or she is injured. Further details, such as whether the barricaded man was armed, were unavailable.
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Seth Wallis, a Castle Rock resident visiting the neighborhood, said he saw someone throwing clothes out of a house and heard someone yell, "Shoot me, I don't care if I die."
Natalie Cureton, who lives down the street from the house, said she saw someone throw an ax at officers, along with throwing other items out of the window.
A man who lives in the neighborhood and who did not want to give his name said he heard "a bunch of yelling" starting around 2:35 p.m. and saw someone throwing clothes and plates out of a window. He said officers at one point were making announcements over a PA system before calling in SWAT.
Mint Valley and Columbia Valley Gardens elementary schools were placed on lockdown during the incident. Students were released on buses and allowed to walk home, but they were not allowed in the area from 32nd Avenue to 34th Avenue and Ohio Street to Pennsylvania Street, according to police.