MOSES LAKE – The Moses Lake Tactical Response Team assisted in the arrest of teenager who allegedly threatened people with a handgun at a Moses Lake residence on Sunday, May 5.
At about 3:45 p.m., Moses Lake police were called to a residence in the 500 block of Hawthorne Drive, where they were told Zebulon Gwyn, an 18-year-old Moses Lake man, had threatened subjects with a handgun, according to Moses Lake Police Capt. Dave Sands.
A Grant County dispatch log states the suspect was allegedly pointing a gun at his sister-in-law, but Sands said nothing in the police report indicated a familial relationship. Sands said investigators learned one of the people allegedly threatened by Gwyn owed him money.
Before police arrived on scene, Gwyn reportedly fled to another residence in the 600 block of Hawthorne, which was surrounded by police and Grant County sheriff’s deputies. For about an hour and a half, Gwyn reportedly ignored law enforcement requests via a public announcement system and by phone to come out of the house.
“Due to the nature of the crime as well as other information that will not be released, it was decided to deploy the tactical response team to apprehend the suspect and make initial entry into the residence,” Sands stated in a media release.
Sands later said the information concerns Gwyn’s background and is being withheld because “we don’t want to sully the court proceedings.”
The full Moses Lake police report should be filed within 24 hours of the arrest in Grant County Superior Court and available to the public.
Gwyn eventually exited the residence first, followed by a woman Sands said was reportedly not involved in the incident.
Gwyn was reportedly booked into Grant County Jail for possession of a pistol by person 18-21 years old, possession of an unlawful firearm and felony harassment, according to jail records.
Court records indicate Gwyn was arrested earlier this year by the Ephrata police and charged in Grant County Superior Court in March for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of a loaded pistol in a vehicle.
Another occupant of the residence, Andrew Packer, a 23-year-old Moses Lake man, remained inside, and witnesses say the tactical response team at one point deployed a flash grenade – a non-lethal explosive device used to temporarily disorient the senses.
Just as tactical response team members were preparing to make entry to get Packer, he reportedly emerged and was arrested on unrelated warrants for driving while license suspended in the third degree and operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device, according to jail records.
Sands said Packer told police he’d been sleeping.