Man sentenced for Moses Lake gun waving incident

Officers arrested 32-year old Brent McKinney, who was waving a handgun and making suicidal threats on a busy Moses Lake street last summer.

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MOSES LAKE- A Moses Lake man who pleaded guilty to waving a handgun at police last summer is sentenced to a year in prison.

It was back in June that officers arrested 32-year-old Brent McKinney after he brandished the weapon and made suicidal threats. Officers said McKinney would not follow commands and was walking away from police during the incident.

“This was much more than just a depressed suicidal person,” Moses Lake Police wrote in a Facebook post. “This was a convicted felon, waving a stolen firearm around, while walking down one of the busiest streets in town, putting the public in substantial danger.”

Armed man taken into custody

Man sentenced for gun waving incident

One night last June, Moses Lake Police Officers were dispatched to a report of a man walking down West Broadway waving a gun. Officers located 32-year old Brent McKinney, who was in fact waving a handgun around, and making suicidal threats.

McKinney would not follow commands, and kept walking away from officers down the sidewalk brandishing the firearm. Officers followed, negotiating with McKinney while setting up containment to shield the public from danger. Officers were equipped with less lethal weapons, as well as standard firearms. Fortunately, neither was needed, as McKinney chose to put his loaded pistol down, and was taken into custody. The pistol McKinney was carrying was reported stolen, and later in the booking process, McKinney also assaulted a MLPD officer. McKinney was booked on charges of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and assault on a police officer.

Last week, McKinney pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm, and assault on a police officer. He was sentenced to a year in prison.

As the criminal charges show, this was much more than just a depressed suicidal person. This was a convicted felon, waving a stolen firearm around, while walking down one of the busiest streets in town, putting the public in substantial danger

The attached video clip shows the moment when McKinney threw the gun down and was taken into custody. This was after the officers had been following and containing McKinney for several minutes as he walked down W. Broadway. The road had already been closed to traffic.

We like to have a lot of fun on this page, but this video highlights the dangers that your officers face on a regular basis, as well as the mental health crisis in our nation. We commend the professionalism of the officers handling this situation.

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Posted by Moses Lake Police Department on Tuesday, January 2, 2018

 

The pistol McKinney was carrying was reported stolen, and later in the booking process, McKinney also assaulted a MLPD officer. He pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm, and assault on a police officer. He was sentenced to a year in prison.