A Kennewick man is under arrest after refusing to leave a Circle K with his five kids. 

Joseph B Wrisley-Fristed is now under arrest after brandishing a weapon and shooting out a window at the Circle K store located on Washington Street.

Fristed along with his five children refused to exit the Kennewick business resulting in KPD calling in the SWAT team.

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KPD released a press release about the incident and the details that followed:

On June 25th, 2021 at 9:37 PM Kennewick Police Officers were dispatched to a report of a suspicious male at the Circle K located at 104 S Washington St.

According to the reports, Fristed was making delusional statements and believed to be under the influence of narcotics. He was accompanied by his 5 children with ages ranging from 3 to 13 years old.

The report says that additional calls were made to 911 advising the male had produced a handgun and discharged it through a window of the business. The male then took the children into the back of the business.

More details followed about the incident:


Employees and other patrons fled without injury and were met by arriving officers. Tri-City Regional SWAT was activated and responded with armored vehicles to assist Patrol Officers in attaining a peaceful solution.

Telephone communication was established and the suspect male, 34 year old Joseph B Wrisley-Fristed exited the business and surrendered without further incident.

The children were reunited with their mother. Wristley-Fristed was ultimately arrested for charges of Assault 2nd Degree and Reckless Endangerment. A handgun was recovered from the scene and Kennewick Police Detectives have been called out to continue the investigation.

It was a scary situation for all involved. I can't imagine what the children were thinking as the arrest was taking place but luckily no one was harmed. Kennewick Police are still investigating the situation.

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