NASELLE, Wash. — A Naselle man is in custody Wednesday after an incident where he may have fired shots at his room mates and threatened to shoot police if they approached him.

He is Patrick Alan Gatens, 36.

Gatens was booked into the Pacific County Jail Wednesday on two counts of attempted murder and four counts of felon in possession of a firearm.

The incident began Tuesday in the 300 block of Knappton Road in Naselle.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man having fired a gun at two others.

The victims fled the scene. They told deputies that the man had been arguing with them throughout the night, and he made threats to harm them and to shoot the police if they came to the house.

Deputies responded to the area and neighbors were evacuated because they thought the man – later identified as Gatens – was still inside the residence.

Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson requested assistance from the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office, the Washington State Patrol and other police agencies.

Officers entered the house but the suspect was not there.

Early Wednesday morning Johnson arrested Gatens not too far from the house without incident.

He was interviewed and weapons were recovered.

Johnson said because all the people involved live in the same residence it would also be considered a violation of the Domestic Violence Act.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges may be forthcoming.


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