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Moses Lake man arrested after barricading himself in home, lighting it on fire

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MOSES LAKE, Wash. -

Grant County Sheriff's Office deputies report a 42-year-old Moses Lake man is in custody after a four-hour standoff with police. Deputies were called about 11:30 Monday morning to the 3100 block of Valley Road Northeast for a domestic disturbance. 

Deputies learned from the homeowner that a man identified as Joel Koch had recently come to stay at the home. Koch's behavior became erratic and the homeowner asked him to leave. Instead, Koch barricaded himself in a bedroom with a knife. Everyone else in the home left.

The Moses Lake Tactical Response Team arrived and negotiators tried to convince Koch to come out. Around 3 p.m. negotiations broke down and the tactical team lobbed tear gas into the home. Deputies say the tear gas used does not use pyrotechnics. Shortly after the tear gas was thrown into the house, flames were noticed in a bedroom and Koch was taken into custody.

Grant County Fire District 5 was on scene throughout the incident and were able to quickly put out the fire. The fire caused damage to the bedroom and there was water damage into the basement. The Grant County Fire Marshal is looking into the cause of the fire.

Koch is currently in Grant County Jail. Charges against him are pending.

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