Road rage flares again, handgun pulled on Hanford worker


On February 17 approximately 8:10 A.M. West Richland Officers responded to a weapons complaint involving a handgun at Bombing Range Road at Van Giesen.

The victim, an off duty Hanford Patrol captain, reported an adult white male driving a black Toyota Tacoma or Tundra pickup, displaying temporary license plates, driving aggressively northbound on Bombing Range Road approaching the cross-street of Van Giesen. Once at the intersection the victim was directly next to the aggressively driven vehicle and looked over at the driver who was pointing a black semi automatic handgun at him.

The nature of the call solicited response from Benton County Sheriff's Office, Richland Police Department and Fish and Wildlife officers. A Sheriff's Deputy and West Richland Sergeant located the suspect vehicle at a residence near the intersection of Jamison and 59th where they observed a male matching the description, provided by the victim, walking out from behind a nearby outbuilding east of where the pickup was parked. The subject, identified as Stuart H. McKenzie of Kennewick, was immediately detained. Containment was established around two residences and the occupants from both houses where called out and briefly detained.

A search warrant was obtained for the suspect vehicle and consent to search by the owner of 1007 N 59th avenue was provided to officers where two handguns were located and seized. Stuart McKenzie was questioned and later booked into the Benton County Correction Center for Assault in the second degree.