Man Arrested for Threatening SWAT with Large Knife - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man Arrested for Threatening SWAT with Large Knife

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's SWAT team was threatened with a large, military-style knife while they were trying to execute a search warrant in the 1900 block of W. 25th.  The man wielding the knife was Franklin D. Fitzgerald, according to a Sheriff's Office spokesman. 

SWAT was at the home looking for stolen items including stolen guns that they suspected of being there.  According to the Sheriff's Office, Spokane Valley Police detectives had gathered information that Fitzgerald had the firearms in the home. 

After several announcements of their presence, the suspect flung the door open and confronted the SWAT team with a knife in his hand.  Officer ordered Fitzgerald to drop the knife. Instead, he slammed the door in the face of the SWAT team.  Officers broke the door down, entered the home, disarmed the suspect and detained him and a woman who was also in the home at the time.

Police didn't find any firearms but they did find speakers and a bicycle they believe are stolen. They also found prescription drugs that were not prescribed to the suspect.

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