FIRST ON KHQ.COM: Standoff Ends Peacefully in North Spokane; Read The Official Press Release
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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: On November 4, 2010, just before 6am, Spokane Police responded to a call for assistance at a home near 3700 West Decatur. When police arrived, they learned a man was threatening to harm himself and family members were very concerned for his safety. The man had access to a firearm, and at one point fired the gun inside the home. He was alone at the time, and no one was injured.
SPD Negotiators and SWAT members quickly arrived and continued to work towards a peaceful resolution. The residence is located across from Westview Elementary and police were aware school staff and students may be arriving soon. Together, Spokane Police and Spokane Public Schools officials decided to close school for the day. Standoff situations are highly dynamic and unpredictable, and safety was the utmost concern. Without any way to determine the length of the situation, the school closure decision was made.
Once the decision was made, school officials began the notification processes to confirm parents and staff members were aware of the situation. The Westview Elementary School bus ran its normal route to gather any children who had left home prior to the school closure announcement. Those children were transported to the safe zone, where they were fed and their parents were notified. This safe zone was established in a secure part of the school and monitored by Spokane Public Schools staff.
After over an hour of negotiating, the subject exited the home and was safely taken into protective custody.
This was a truly great collaborative effort by both Spokane Public Schools and the Spokane Police Department to guarantee the safety of our neighborhoods and community.
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