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Kennewick Woman Accused of Punching Officer in the Face

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Reports of "banging and screaming" prompted Kennewick Police to check on a couple at a North Buchanan Street apartment Thursday night. It turned out to be a domestic violence case but the officers ended up getting attacked.

Police said they never know what they're going to get when they go out on domestic violence calls. You often think of a battered woman but officers can often get mixed up in the fray, as well.

When police arrived at the apartment no one would answer the door at first and when they did things quickly got out of hand. Police said a man not involved in the domestic violence incident wouldn't cooperate and ended up fighting the officers. Then the woman involved in the domestic violence incident got involved in that fight. That's when police said the woman punched on of the officers in the face.

"It's not unusual when officers arrive for them to become the bad guy as far as the people who are involved. Even though somebody may have called. They didn't really want the person arrested, they wanted them removed from the scene. By law, based on the circumstances officers are required to make arrests," said Mike Blatman of the Kennewick Police Department.

Blatman said there's a reason why the department always sends at least two officers to domestic violence calls. He said the majority of homicides in this region stem from domestic violence. 

All three people at the apartment last night were arrested on either assault charges or domestic violence charges.