Officer shot by suicidal man
WENATCHEE, Wash. — A Wentachee police officer is recovering from a gunshot wound he received when he responded to call regarding a suicidal man.
According to investigators, police received a call of a suicide threat at an apartment in the 1100 Block of Westwood Ave in Wenatchee. The person threatening suicide was identified as 30 year old Ernesto Figueroa.
Police say Figueroa’s family members called 911 at approximately 11:22PM Monday night and officers made contact with those family members when they arrived. They say at that time, family members were in contact with Figueroa and advised the officers they were going to try and resolve the issue themselves. Figueroa had not been threatening harm to anyone other than himself, and officers cleared the scene when Figueroa refused assistance from law enforcement and mental health services.
According to police, Ernesto Figueroa called 911 just before 4:00am and requested that his mother leave his home.
Figueroa locked himself in a bathroom and stated that he was armed with a gun and planned to harm himself. Wenatchee Police Officers arrived and were able to get the family members to leave the residence.
Police arrived and evacuated the apartment and were able coax Figueroa out of the bathroom and where able to talk with him through the front door.
Police say during the conversation Figueroa tried to run upstairs before the officers could detain him. Officials say the officers struggled with Figueroa when he grabbed a handgun he had left on the stairs. During the struggle Figueroa pointed the handgun at his own head and then pointed it at an officer. Figueroa and the officers fought over control of the handgun which discharged and struck one officer in the hand. Figueroa was handcuffed after the shot was fired.
Police Sergeant Mark Huson, a 29 year law enforcement veteran, suffered a gunshot wound to his hand and was transported to Central Washington Hospital for treatment. Figueroa was also transported to Central Washington Hospital for a behavioral health
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