GRANGER — The standoff was roughly an hour old.
A couple and their two adult sons waited, held hostage at gunpoint by an intruder who had blasted his way into the rural farm home, injuring the wife, shortly after nightfall. Outside, SWAT teams gathered as a negotiator tried to make contact.
Then the father saw a chance and took it.
He grabbed the barrel of the shotgun while his two sons quickly pounced on the intruder until officers could rush in.
Numerous details remain under investigation, but that’s how authorities describe the conclusion of a violent crime spree that began with a carjacking, escalated into a high-speed chase and hostage-taking, and three people being sent to the hospital Wednesday night.
Detective Sgt. Mike Russell of the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office lauded the family of four for staying calm and working together.
“I’ve got a great deal of respect for this family from what I’ve seen,” Russell said.
All three of the injured people — the woman who lives at the house, a Sunnyside police officer and the suspect, Richard E. Yallup, 27, of Toppenish — have since been released from area hospitals.
Yallup, who has a lengthy felony history, is in the Yakima County jail under investigation for kidnapping, assault, carjacking and other crimes.
He was injured during his struggle with the family, Russell said.
“They weren’t delicate in trying to control the situation,” Russell said.
The incident began about 7 p.m. in the Parkland Homes area of Sunnyside. A stranger walked up and pointed a shotgun at a man fixing the lights of a vehicle, said Sunnyside police Sgt. Joey Glossen.
The man’s daughter had been sitting in the car, tapping the brakes and activating the turn signals to help, when the stranger racked the chamber, demanded the vehicle and drove off after she got out, Glossen said.
It’s unclear why the suspect was in the area or “what made him so desperate that made him want to carjack these people,” Glossen said.