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SPD Arrests Convicted Felon for Numerous Charges After Standoff in North Spokane

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PRESS RELEASE FROM SPOKANE POLICE DEPARTMENT

Spokane Police arrested seven time convicted felon John Hartz, 46, for Domestic Assault (DV), Threats to Kill DV, 1st Burglary DV and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm DV after a standoff in north Spokane. After hours of negotiations, the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Monday, October 21, around 8:50pm, Spokane Police responded to 400 W Montgomery on a call of a person with a weapon. The caller stated the suspect, John Hartz, had threatened her with a shotgun and had cut her wrists. Police quickly arrived on scene and brought the caller out of the residence safely. The suspect, Hartz, refused to exit the residence.

Because Hartz was known to be armed, had demonstrated violence towards to complainant and had made threatening statements, SPD SWAT and Hostage Negotiators were called to respond to the scene. Hartz continued to refuse to exit the residence, even after negotiations. Gas was deployed into the residence. Hartz came out and was taken into custody without incident. Hartz was booked into jail for 1st Assault DV, Threats to Kill DV, 1st Burglary DV and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm DV. Hartz has an extensive criminal history including felony convictions for Intimidating a Judge, Unlawful Imprisonment, 2nd Assault, Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Through quick response, negotiations, and use of non-lethal tactics, SPD was able to remove the complainant from a dangerous situation and bring a convicted felon into custody without incident.

UPDATE:

SPOKANE, Wash. - Around 1:30am Police deployed a chemical agent into the home. Hartz surrendered and was taken into custody without incident.

Police say he is facing charges of Domestic Assault, and 1 count of Burglary.

Spokane Police blocked off the area around Montgomery and Stevens Monday night after an assault suspect barricaded himself in a home following an alleged domestic assault.

The SWAT team has been called in and as of 11:30pm, police are attempting to get the suspect, identified as 48-year-old John Hartz, out of a house in the 400 block of W. Montgomery. Police say he may be armed with a shotgun and a knife and are asking you to avoid the area.

Police are using a loud speaker and sirens to get the attention of Hartz inside.

They have made multiple attempts to contact Hartz but so far he has not responded.

Detectives are working on getting a warrant and bringing in more resources.

Montgomery will remain closed for the duration of the standoff and police want to remind everyone to avoid the area.
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