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SWAT Used In North Spokane Burglary Investigation

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: The sheriff's SWAT team was used to enter a North Spokane County home Monday after a resident told deputies that there might be an armed suspect still inside.

Entry was forced into the home shortly after noon, but found no one inside. The home appeared to have been ransacked.

Deputies were dispatched about 9:15 a.m. to the home in the 200 block of East Birch after back-to-back calls came into 911 reporting shots fired in the area and the interrupted burglary.

The male and female tenants of the home told deputies they arrived home from a dental appointment and noticed the gate to the back yard open. When they checked, they found a rear window broken out.

The male went to the front and opened the door with a key, but said he was attacked by a suspect who struck him in the head. The resident suffered a cut on the back of his head which did not require medical examination.

The two said a shot was fired during the altercation, but who fired it and where remained under investigation Monday afternoon.

SWAT was summoned after the female tenant reported seeing someone peeking out a window after the original suspect ran from the home, vaulted a fence and fled southbound on foot.

Sheriff's major crimes detectives picked up the investigation after SWAT checked the home and determined there was no one inside.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A standoff that began Monday morning in north Spokane and lasted for more than four hours ended after the SWAT team determined there was no one inside the home that was allegedly burglarized.

Authorities told KHQ's Anthony Gomes that two homeowners in north Spokane reported their home was being burglarized when they returned from a dentist appointment Monday morning. The call prompted a police standoff, including members of the SWAT team, as it was believed a suspect was still be in the home.

Authorities from the Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff's Office surrounded the home just west of the Newport Highway on Birch road. 

One of the homeowners described being hit over the head with a semi-automatic weapon after returning home and finding at least one, and possibly two people, inside his house. The man's injuries are described as minor.

Right now authorities are looking for another man described as a white male, approximately 150 lbs. with a thin, brown moustache who reportedly ran from the scene.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report. 

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