A Kennewick man is behind bars this morning after climbing onto a police car and not wanting to exit the police vehicle. 

Kennewick Police arrested 30-yr-old Adrian Ponce after a weapons compliant call on the 2600 block of West 6th Avenue. Ponce initially made the call that sent the police to his residence.

credit: kennewick police department

According to the police report filed, Ponce called and stated there were gang members who had entered his house and were trying to kill him. Ponce also stated that his parents were in on the plot to kill him.

Here are more details from a press release from the Kennewick Police Department:

Ponce continued to call into the Kennewick Police dispatch center and advised that he was in the process of being assaulted.

Upon the arrival of patrol officers, it was immediately apparent that Ponce was alone and not being assaulted. Ponce then proceeded to break out one of the windows to his residence and began climbing out of the window through the broken glass.

After climbing through the window, Ponce began rapidly advancing toward our patrol officers.

It was quickly evident to officers on scene that this was a mental health issue and not a criminal issue.

Medical personnel was summoned due to this being a mental health issue. Officers entered their patrol vehicles to vacate the scene as soon as practical once they established that no criminal act had been committed and there was no probable cause for an arrest.

As officers were leaving the scene, Ponce jumped on the hood of a patrol SUV occupied by an officer and began jumping on the hood and pounding on the windshield screaming “they are going to shoot me”.

The officer was unable to safely leave the scene and other officers exited their cars to begin negotiating with Ponce who refused to get off of the
patrol car.

After several minutes, Ponce jumped on another patrol car. While this was occurring, it was not immediately apparent that any damage had been caused to the patrol cars; therefore no probable cause was established at that time.

Officers spent several minutes attempting to communicate with Ponce to peacefully go to the hospital for evaluation. Without warning, Ponce suddenly jumped off of the patrol car and charged one of the patrol officers, striking the officer in the side of the head. The officer was not injured.

Multiple Officers used restraining techniques to escort Ponce to the ground.

As officers attempted to control Ponce through restraint techniques, he continued to flail uncontrollably screaming “they are going to kill me”.

At several points, Ponce attempted to either bite or grab ahold of officers, who were able to move out of the way to prevent that from occurring. As soon as Ponce was retrained in handcuffs, he was moved to a side recovery position where restraining techniques were applied to his arms and legs.

Medical personnel were requested to enter the scene to assess and provide aid to Ponce. As he laid on his side, he continued to actively resist the Officer’s restraining techniques. As medical personnel arrived, Ponce intentionally struck his head against the concrete several times.

Medical personnel rapidly assisted with obtaining a pillow from the stretcher to prevent Ponce from further intentionally harming himself. Based on his continued active resistance and his now attempts at self-harm medical personnel administered a sedative.

As soon as it was apparent that the sedative was taking effect, Ponce was moved from the ground and placed onto the stretcher where he was restrained. Ponce was transported to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries. Due to his actions, an Officer rode in the ambulance with Ponce and medics.

While en route to the hospital, Ponce advised that he was under the influence of narcotics. Ponce is being booked into the Benton County Jail for Assault 3rd Degree and Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree, and being held on a mental health hold for mental health services.

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