There is currently a significant police and SWAT presence near Ben Blair Pond in Kennewick, WA. Residents in the vicinity are strongly advised to stay indoors. Law enforcement suspects that the individual wanted for murder, Adam Klei, may be in that area.
Kennewick Police Department Commander Aaron Clem has identified a male suspect Adam Klei, in connection to a shooting incident. Law enforcement is actively searching for this individual. The shooting occurred between 9:30 and 10 a.m., and the victim has been identified as 48-year-old Travis Kitchen from Kennewick, according to Benton County Coroner William Leach.
Although the precise time of the shooting remains uncertain, the coroner’s office was notified at 11:21 a.m. An autopsy for Travis Kitchen is scheduled for December 7 in Thurston County, as confirmed by Leach. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and authorities are working to apprehend the suspect.
In response to the shooting, the Kennewick Police Department took precautionary measures, resulting in the lockdown of four schools in Kennewick. Cascade Elementary, Washington Elementary, Horse Heaven Hills Middle School, and Canyon View Elementary were placed under non-critical lockdowns, as directed by the Kennewick School District.
The situation has prompted heightened security measures in the vicinity of Ben Blair Pond, with a significant police and SWAT presence. Residents in the area are strongly urged to stay indoors for their safety. Law enforcement is actively engaged in efforts to locate and apprehend the murder suspect, Adam Klei, believed to be in the area. Citizens should remain vigilant and follow any instructions provided by local authorities during this ongoing situation.