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Richland Standoff Results in Arrest – Suspect Held Woman, Children Hostage with Gun

Richland police able to defuse hostage situation
(Townsquare media-Andrew Kirk photo)

Richland police continue to investigate a standoff that ended with the suspect being talked out of a home.

Derek D. Foreman, whose age was not listed, was arrested early Monday morning after a tense standoff during which he allegedly held a woman and children hostage with a gun.

Police say around 11pm Sunday night, Foreman went to a home in the 700 block of Wright Ave., and threatened to kill a woman at the residence with a gun.  After police arrived they tried to contact the people inside.  About an hour later, the woman being threatened was able to run from the house.

The woman said there were five people inside being held hostage.  Foreman reportedly released her with the hope police would leave.   After negotiating with him, police were able to get Foreman to leave the home and surrender around 3:15am.

Police don’t know specifically what the argument was about, reports say Foreman referred to the woman as his “sister,” but police say they are not related.   Foreman is a convicted felon and had an outstanding arrest warrant.  He is in the Benton County jail.  Police did not find a gun in the house when it was searched.

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