Sacto 9-1-1
March 28, 2013
Man wanted for Sacramento County real estate fraud dies in Washington police standoff

A man who died in a standoff with police in Washington was wanted in Sacramento for real estate fraud.

The two-day police stand-off at a home in the small town of Hoquiam, along Washington's coast, ended this morning when the man was shot and killed.

The house where he had been holed up, then erupted in fire.

The man, whose name was not been released by authorities in Washington, had shot an officer on Wednesday when police went to arrest him on a warrant from Sacramento.

The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office released a 2004 warrant charging Nina and Rick Marlowe of Sacramento with filing a false or forged instrument, theft by false pretenses and identity theft.

The couple was suspected of forging the name of a woman who co-owned a piece of property in order for the pair to sell the real estate.

"That warrant had been active and in the system for a little over eight years," said Michael Blazina, who supervises the Sacramento District Attorney's real estate fraud unit. "Through investigation we found a possible address in Washington, in Hoquiam. Contact was made with the authorities there."

Blazina said that authorities went to the address on Tuesday. The woman was arrested on the warrant but the man showed a fake identification.

"They didn't have enough information at that time but further investigation was done and we believed that the male at the house was in fact the male wanted out of Sacramento," said Blaznia.

Hoquiam police returned to the home on Wednesday to arrest the 49-year-old man. That is when he shot an officer.

Reports said that the officer was wounded in the side and is expected to survive. Officers returned fire and the man retreated into the home as the standoff began.

Other reports indicate police believed he had a tear gas mask. He is said to have disabled two police robots sent into the home.

The Associated Press reported that the man came out of the home about 6 a.m today and exchanged gunfire with officers. He was shot during that gunfire.

A short time after that, the house was on fire. Seattle television stations reported that the man died.

Video: Standoff ends with suspect shot, killed

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