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Standoff in Hoquiam has fiery end

A police officer was shot Wednesday morning as he was serving an out-of-state warrant on a wanted fugitive at a home in Hoquiam. Police then surrounded the house of the gunman, and the standoff lasted overnight, ending with the suspect’s home engulfed in flames.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (FOX40) — The man killed in Hoquiam, Wash., in a shootout with SWAT members was wanted in Sacramento County for real estate fraud.

Rick Marlowe was wanted for trying to bilk his ex-wife of  the proceeds of a Rancho Cordova, Calif., home they jointly owned.

According to court records, he forged records and had his current wife, Nina Marlowe, pose as Cathy Marlowe, the joint owner of the house. Cathy Marlowe didn’t find out about the sale until she saw strangers moving into the house.

The couple was never arrested after warrants were filed. They apparently moved to the Hoquiam, Wash., house were the shootout occurred. Officers arrested Nina Marlowe two days ago but the man with her showed them a driver’s license with another name. A shootout and standoff occurred when officers came back the next day.

Marlowe’s daughter, Michelle Toole, informed family members of her father’s death. She said she is glad her estranged father is dead because she was afraid he might show up at his mother’s Sacramento home, where she and her infant daughter live.

“He used to beat my mother. I’ve still got scars and broken bones and things that haven’t healed from his violence,” said Toole.

She also said Marlowe, an Army veteran, was into guns since she was a child and that she was not surprised he died in a shooting.

Court records showed the amount of the fraud totaled $84,000.

The bail amount for four felony fraud charges against the couple was set at $15,000 each. Why Marlowe chose to shoot it out over a white-collar crime remains a mystery.

Suspect killed in standoff

HOQUIAM, Wash. — A 20-hour police standoff with a gunman barricaded inside a house ended early Thursday when SWAT teams shot and killed the suspect as the house caught fire and burned.

“I heard about a dozen, 15, 20 shots,” said neighbor Chris Ricketts. “I looked out the window and the house was fully inflamed.”

The standoff began Wednesday morning, when Hoquiam police officers were attempting to serve a felony arrest warrant out of Sacramento, Calif., at a home at 2108 Aberdeen Avenue in Hoquiam for Rick Marlowe, 49.

Police had been at the home on Tuesday and arrested the Marlowe’s girlfriend on a warrant for fraud. Officers also had a warrant for Marlowe’s arrest, but he gave officers a fake ID.

When police returned Wednesday morning, Marlowe opened fire, and two bullets grazed the arm and hip of Hoqiuam police Sgt. Jeff Salstrom, who was treated at a hospital and released within a few hours.

“He would have gone back to the scene yesterday if procedure would have allowed, but once he was involved, he, of course, had to stand down,” the officer’s father, Jerry Salstrom, said. He “spent the day at the police station following the incident.”

After the shooting, police and SWAT teams surrounded the house and a negotiator was brought in to try to talk the gunman out of the house. The man refused to budge.

The suspect, who police said had a military-style helmet, gas mask and handgun, shot out the camera of a police robot that approached the house. And with his gas mask, he was able to withstand several rounds of tear gas. He also shot at the officers surrounding the house, police said.

“It was apparent he was elevating the aggression towards the officers, so at that point we pulled back,” Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate said.

Night fell, with no change in the situation.

At 6:30 a.m. Thursday, smoke began to billow from the second floor of the house and police saw the gunman moving.

“The subject came to the front door of the residence armed with a firearm,” Shumate said.  “After repeated commands to drop the firearm, the individual was shot by SWAT team members and has subsequently died as a result of that.”

Investigators were sifting through the charred remains of the home and diving into the past of the gunman, who appears to have had many aliases from several Western states.


The Washington State Department of Licensing released a photograph of the man suspected to be Marlowe Thursday. Investigators said the name associated with the picture was

a fictitious name.

Hoquiam suspect

Suspect photo

By Steve Kiggins

Q13 FOX News reporter

HOQUIAM, Wash. — A police officer was shot Wednesday morning as he was serving an out-of-state warrant on a wanted fugitive. Police then surrounded the house of the gunman, and the standoff went on for hours.

The standoff was continuing at 10:30 p.m. Police said the gunman shot a robot that they had sent to the front of the house.

The incident began when Hoquiam police Sgt. Jeff Salstrom, while attempting to serve an arrest warrant, was shot at about 11:15 a.m.; his injuries were non-life threatening and he was later released from the hospital.

The suspect’s girlfriend, who had also been wanted on an arrest warrant, was taken into custody Tuesday and booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail, but her partner was not found. Salstrom went to the house in Hoquiam to arrest the man Wednesday, when the shooting broke out.

salstromPolice and SWAT teams had the house surrounded on the east end of Hoquiam. A command post has been established and a two-block perimeter set up around the home and a negotiator was at the scene.

Police have the first floor of the home secured and law enforcement sources said the suspect is on the second floor. The suspect reportedly told police that he has a gas mask.

In November 2012, Salstrom’s K-9, Enno, was diagnosed with cancer. During tie eight years they worked together, they were credited with 56 arrests. People from as far away as Chicago, New Zealand and Florida donated to a fund to help Enno receive an experimental treatment, but it didn’t work and Enno was euthanized in mid-February. He was the city’s only K-9 unit. Salstrom is not working with a K-9 at this time.