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HOQUIAM, Wash. (KIRO) — The CBS affiliate in Seattle, KIRO-TV, is reporting a man wanted for fraud charges in Sacramento was shot and killed following a 20-hour-long standoff with officers in Hoquiam, Washington.
The man, who goes by the name of Rick Marlowe, was shot in an exchange of gunfire with police after he walked out of his burning home on Thursday morning. A fire at the suspect’s home erupted around 6:30 a.m. Thursday and spread quickly.
Police said the man who had been holed up inside was seen walking out of the house as it became engulfed in flames. It is not known how the fire started, but it escalated rapidly.
The man was armed. There was an exchange of gunfire with police, and the man went down, Hoquiam police Officer Brian Dayton said. He was later pronounced dead.
The incident began Wednesday around 11 a.m. when four officers, including Sgt. Jeff Salstrom, went to the man’s home to arrest him on a fraud warrant. On March 26, he and his wife, Nina Marlowe, were stopped by police. Nina was taken into custody on an outstanding fraud warrant, but the man wasn’t arrested because he allegedly gave police a fake ID.
The man opened fire, and a bullet grazed Salstrom. The officers returned fire and hit the man, but he ran upstairs.
Salstrom was not seriously injured.
A SWAT team moved in and started a nearly two-day standoff with the man. Tear gas canisters were lobbed into the house shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday and the man returned fire.
It remained quiet in the home for several hours until police sent a robot into the home and discovered the man was still alive.
Police were in contact with the man during the standoff, but he refused to come out. Officers said the man was wearing a gas mask and a Kevlar helmet.
The standoff continued until Thursday morning, when the home erupted in flames and the suspect was shot.
Dayton said no one else was in the home during the fire and no other officers were hurt. Firefighters remain at the scene pouring water on the smoldering home and trying to protect surrounding residences.