Standoff in North Spokane ends with suspect in handcuffs

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Police officers took a male suspect into custody after a standoff in North Spokane on Tuesday night.

The Spokane Police Department got a tip from someone that a wanted suspect who is considered dangerous was inside a home on Empire near Lidgerwood. In the past, police said they have known this man to be armed with a firearm, so they used all resources they had available to safely take the man into custody. 

The SWAT standoff started around 2:00 p.m. and lasted about two and a half hours. Police sent a robot into the home and used tear gas. After the tear gas was used, a dog came out of the home immediately, but it took several more minutes for the man to come out. The man came out of the home without incident and was seen being escorted by police in handcuffs. He was placed into the back of a patrol car and will be booked into the Spokane County Jail. 

“We don’t want to use force and this person chose the right path and complied with our requests to come out of the house and he was taken into custody,” explained Spokane Police Officer John O’brien. 

The man’s name is not being released at this time because officers said the investigation is still ongoing. Police are also not releasing what he was wanted for or what charges he will be facing. 

The man arrested was not related to the search for a murder suspect out of the Denver area that police said may be in the Spokane area.

Neighbors said the home where the man was arrested has been a problem in the neighborhood.

This story has been updated with the latest information.

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