UPDATE: 39-Year-Old Man In Custody After Standoff In Spokane Val - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: 39-Year-Old Man In Custody After Standoff In Spokane Valley

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE: Spokane County Sheriff's Office hostage negotiators safely ended a standoff in the City of Spokane Valley on Wednesday. At 2:30pm Spokane Valley Officers were called to a disturbance near the 11900 block of East Broadway Ave. 

Receiving multiple 911 calls from residents in the area, Valley Police quickly determined the suspect, identified as 39-year-old Ryan Lancaster, had pointed a handgun at his ex-girlfriend of two years inside her apartment. According to the victim, Lancaster pulled the trigger of the weapon and she heard a "click" as if it had jammed. 

Lancaster fled the apartment and was confronted by two males in the parking lot. They gave chase to Lancaster through a football field at North Pines Jr. High when Lancaster pulled the gun from his person, pointed it at the males and told them to back off. One of the male victims continued to follow Lancaster to the 12000 block of East Valleyway Rd. and simultaneously called 911 to update Lancasters location.

North Pines Jr. High and Broadway Elementary were immediately placed on lockdown. Each school was assigned a Valley Officer to assist with the safe departure of buses and children being picked up by family.

Lancaster ran into a residence on the 12000 block of East Valleyway. Valley Officers immediately surrounded the residence as other units responded to the scene. Since Lancaster was believed to be armed, the Sheriff's Office SWAT Team was called to the scene.

After the residence was surrounded, investigators were advised there was a daycare next to the house Lancaster had run in to. Central Valley School District provided a school bus to Valley Officers in order to safely take 39 children from Robyn's Nest Day Care without incident.

Negotiators were able to make contact with a 57-year-old male that was inside the residence with a three month old infant.

After they were safely taken out of the residence, Sheriff's Office hostage negotiators successfully had Lancaster exit the residence.

He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Spokane County Jail on the charges of Robbery 1st Degree-Domestic Violence, Assault 2nd Degree (2 counts), Theft 2nd Degree-Domestic Violence, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). 

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