SPOKANE, Wash. - On Tuesday night Spokane Police Officers responded to Geno's Bar at N. 1414 Hamilton on a report of a male inside stating he had a gun and was going to shoot the customers inside.
Additional reports prior to the officer's arrival stated that the male suspect was throwing chairs, breaking glasses, and pulling an unidentified object from his pocket while threatening to shoot the customers.
K-9 Officers Shawn Kendall and Craig Hamilton arrived on scene within a couple of minutes and observed the suspect just outside the back door. When the suspect saw the officers, he ran back into the bar. With a reported armed suspect inside the bar with many innocent civilians, both officers immediately entered after the suspect, with Officer Kendall bringing his Police K-9 Stryder with him.
When Officers entered the crowded bar, they observed the suspect standing next to several patrons. In order that they could safely engage the suspect, Officer Kendall ordered the customers to move out of the way. The suspect then immediately grabbed one of the customers from behind and around the neck, stating that, "He's not going anywhere!"
Officers Kendall and Hamilton recognized they needed to immediately stop the suspect who was escalating in his violent behavior. As the two officers moved in to apprehend the suspect, he began to fight with them.
Officer Kendall applied his Police K-9 Stryder to the potentially armed suspect's lower leg while Officer Hamilton applied a Lateral Neck Restraint to render the suspect unconscious. The two combined techniques worked effectively and allowed the officers to arrest the suspect without anyone else coming to harm.
The arrested suspect was identified as Travis D. Floyd, a 24-year old male from Spokane. Further investigation revealed that Floyd had robbed and attempted to kidnap a female walking in the Gonzaga neighborhood. Fearing for her safety, she ran to Geno's. Floyd pursued her there.
Floyd was arrested for one count of First Degree Robbery and one count of Attempted First Degree Kidnapping from the first female victim, eight counts of Felony Harassment Threats to Kill for the patrons inside of Geno's, and one count of First Degree Kidnapping for grabbing and using one of the patrons as a shield. Floyd was booked into the Spokane County Jail after treatment for minor dog bite injuries.
The first female victim acted commendably by not going with the suspect and instead running to a crowded place for safety. The Spokane Police Department recommends that if anyone is confronted with a subject claiming to have a gun, observed or not, to immediately get to safety.
Officers did not find a gun on Floyd and it was undetermined what it was he was pointing at everyone. One of the victims in Geno's stated, "I feel like if he would have had a gun, we would all be dead."