Standoff North Of Spokane Ends Peacefully - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Standoff North Of Spokane Ends Peacefully

Spokane County Sheriff's Department Press Release:

A few minutes before noon Saturday, a couple walking their dog approached a truck parked in the trees near Nevada and Magnesium after noting it had been parked with the engine running for more than an hour and a half. 

When the husband opened the door, he surprised a bloody male seated behind the wheel.  The man jerked the door on the Dodge pickup closed and the couple backed off and called 911.  They reported that the man had a hose running from his exhaust into the truck's cab, but saw no weapon to explain the blood. 

Sheriff's deputies moved into the treed area which is a popular place for hikers, bicyclists and other recreationalists (it is posted "no trespassing.")  The 35-year-old man in the truck did not respond to their commands.  Shortly thereafter, a relative reported finding a note in the man's home indicating he was despondent.  Because the man is an military reserve member, deputies believed he might be armed with a firearm, hence the blood.  Spokane Police Officers responded to assist, and Officer/Negotiator John Gately began attempting negotiations with the subject.  

SPD Officers assisted with traffic control and Magnesium from Nevada to Crestline was closed for more than an hour.  After not being able to talk the subject into surrender (he was revving his engine and moving mirrors to watch law enforcement's movements), the sheriff's SWAT Team was summoned, along with armored vehicles used for cover and transport.  The sheriff's helicopter, Air One, was also called to the scene.  As SWAT was moving in, the subject opened the truck's door, exited and surrendered. 

He had self-inflicted knife wounds to his legs and neck, and was transported to a downtown hospital for surgery and follow-up mental evaluation.  A hospital employee said at 4:30 p.m. that the man was still in surgery and no condition could be provided.  

A complicated "save" was accomplished without injury to anyone involved because of excellent teamwork by Spokane Police and the Sheriff's Office.

Previous Coverage:

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police and Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies were involved in a standoff north of Spokane Saturday morning.

A Sheriff's Department spokesman says two hikers were in a park near the area of Magnesium and Nevada Saturday morning when they came across a parked car with a hose going from the exhaust into the cab of the vehicle. The hikers attempted to pull the man inside the car out, but slammed the door. The two hikers left and called police.

Once police arrived they blocked off streets in all directions and brought in a negotiator to talk the man out of his car. After several failed attempts to communicate with the man, police called in the SWAT team. As the SWAT team approached the vehicle, the man exited and was taken into custody. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The scene is now clear.

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