Police surround Camas home looking for wanted man

By Mark Bowder, Columbian Assistant Metro Editor



UPDATE (9 a.m. Saturday): Camas police identified the wanted man as 22-year-old Husam Z. Al-Ani. Police said the incident remains under investigation, and the suspect was not arrested. Also during Friday night’s response — which included Camas police, Washougal police, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and regional SWAT units — 24-year-old Curtis D. Schmit was arrested on an unrelated misdemeanor warrant, according to Camas police.

Law enforcement officers converged on a Camas neighborhood Friday night looking for a man wanted on weapons charges.

The incident began at 8:18 p.m. at 4245 N.W. 12th Ave., according to emergency dispatch logs. Two people initially left the house and were taken into custody but it was believed that a third person — the wanted subject — remained behind.

The man is wanted on warrants for possession of stolen firearms and being an alien in possession of firearms, according to radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.

Camas police took up positions monitoring the house as additional units, including SWAT team members and an armored vehicle arrived. Some neighbors were evacuated from the area.

At 9:55 p.m., officers used loudspeakers to try to contact the man inside the house. There was no reply.

As of 11:30 p.m., the status of the incident remained unclear, but residents were told they could return to their homes.

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