SWAT Team Called To Christmas Standoff - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

SWAT Team Called To Christmas Standoff

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane SWAT team was called to a house late Christmas Eve after a suspect refused to come out of his home. At around 9:30 pm, Spokane Police Officers were attempting to locate 44-year-old Robert Finkbeiner inside a house at 121 S. Haven. Finkbeiner was wanted on three arrest warrants for 1st degree Assault, 1st degree Robbery and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

When officers arrived, they could see Finkbeiner in the house, but he refused to surrender. The SPD SWAT Team and Hostage Negotiators were called to the scene to assist in taking Finkbeiner into custody. Negotiators made several phone calls to him but they all went straight to voicemail. Further attempts to make contact over a several hour period to negotiate a surrender were unsuccessful.

Spokane Police obtained a search warrant for Finkbeiner in the home and successfully used chemical agents to take him into custody without incident or injury.

KHQ was first on scene and will have a full report tonight on KHQ Local News At 5.

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