Standoff ends with man dead in west Pasco

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PASCO, Wash. -- The Tri-Cities SWAT Unit shot and killed a man in a west Pasco home following a standoff that began Wednesday evening.

Officers first got a report that Richard Howard, 49, was firing shots from a rifle in his front lawn on 5714 Sacramento Drive. The home is near Capital Park in Pasco.

Police arrived and found Howard was in what was described as an "agitated state" and suicidal. He ran into the home that is believed to be his residence and he barricaded himself inside.

Howard began shooting at police from inside the home and the SWAT team was called in.

The entire neighborhood was on lockdown and some homes were evacuated.

Following a lengthy standoff at the home near Gesa Stadium, SWAT prepared to blow off the front door and go inside. Upon entry, Pasco Police say peaceful negotiations were rejected and due to the threat to officers, Howard was shot and killed by police. An autopsy is planned Thursday afternoon.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a news conference on the shooting at 1:30pm Thursday. The Sheriff will provide a statement regarding the circumstances of what occurred

This is the eighth officer-involved shooting in the Tri-Cities since 2006. There was another one just a couple weeks ago that ended with a man dead on June 27, 2014.

In the eight shootings involving police, all but two suspects were killed. Every case was ruled that deadly force was warranted. It's too early to determine the ruling on the shooting in Pasco or the shooting in Kennewick two weeks ago. Prior to 2006, officers in the Tri-Cities hadn't shot and killed a person for 25 years.