UPDATE: Police Respond To An Improvised Explosive Device In Nort - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Police Respond To An Improvised Explosive Device In NW Spokane

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPT: Spokane Police arrested 25-year old Michael J. Pauckert for a felony parole violation and found an explosive device inside the garage at 1400 W. Alice. 

Pauckert was booked on the warrant and may face additional charges pending the outcome of the investigation. 

At 5:20pm Wednesday evening Spokane Patrol officers respond to a warrant call in the 1400 block of West Alice. Officers received information that Michael Pauckert was inside the home with his girlfriend and a child and armed with a handgun. 

The girlfriend and child were out of the home by the time officers attempted contact with Pauckert. When officers attempted to contact Pauckert, he refused to surrender. 

Officers attempted to negotiate with Pauckert and convince him to surrender peacefully for nearly 1 1/2 hours. Upon the arrival of the SWAT "Bearcat", Pauckert agreed to surrender. 

During the arrest, officers found a suspicious device inside the garage of the residence. Bomb Technicians responded, evaluated the device and determined it was a legitimate improvised explosive device (IED). Neighbors on either side of the residence were evacuated and other citizens in the area where notified of the situation. 

Additional Explosive Disposal Unit team members responded and rendered the device safe at 5:30 am. Technicians, including the FBI team member, will continue the investigation and will determine additional charges.

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SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane bomb disposal unit is responding to an improvised explosive device in the 1400 block of W. Cora Ct.

Spokane police first responded to the area early Wednesday evening for a report of a known suspect with felony warrants out of Idaho. When police showed up, the man, later identified as Michael J. Pauckert, who was possibly armed, barricaded himself in his home.

Residents of area duplexes in the neighborhood were then asked to leave their homes for their own safety as police waited for SWAT team negotiators to show up.

Once SWAT arrived, the man willingly left his house and was taken into custody. That was when police were alerted to a possible explosive device in his garage.

Right now, a bomb robot is examining the device. The safety perimeter has been expanded, residents are being asked to stay in their homes. Police tell us the plan is for the robot to take the device to a nearby field to be detonated.

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