UPDATE: Post Falls Standoff Ends Peacefully - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Post Falls Standoff Ends Peacefully

Standoff Suspect, 44-year-old Matthew Couture Standoff Suspect, 44-year-old Matthew Couture

POST FALLS, Idaho - A standoff in Post Falls ended with the suspect peacefully surrendering to police.

The standoff began early Sunday morning around 5:30am when police were called to a home on Ross Point Road near Woodland for a domestic call between a son and mother. When police arrived the man, 44-year-old Matthew Couture brandished a knife and barricaded himself in the basement of the home. The mother made it out of the house and police discovered Couture had felony warrants out of California.

Believing Couture to be suicidal, the Kootenai County SWAT team, along with the Kootenai County Sheriff, Coeur d'Alene Police and negotiators were called in to try and talk him out. Nearly nine hours after the initial call, Couture gave himself up and was taken into custody. He did suffer an apparent minor self-inflicted wound to his chest, but is expected to be fine.

Kootenai County Sheriff's Press Release:

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office reports that after a lengthy standoff a fugitive has been taken into custody near Post Falls, ID.

Deputies responded to 317 S. Ross Point Road about 5:30 a.m. this morning to a reported unwanted person that was actually a verbal dispute between a mother and her adult son.  When deputies arrived, they found Matthew Couture, 44, had barricaded himself in the basement of the home and armed himself with a large butcher knife, threatening to kill himself.  Deputies subsequently learned that Couture is wanted in the State of California on a felony probation violation warrant.

The Sheriff's SWAT and Negotiation teams were activated and picked up the dialogue with Couture that the first responding deputies had begun.  Finally after more than six hours of negotiation, Couture gave up to SWAT team members and was taken into custody without further incident.  No one was injured during the ordeal.

Couture has a criminal history that includes arrests for domestic batteries and aggravated assault.  He was booked into the Kootenai County jail pending extradition proceedings.

 

 

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