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Standoff in north Spokane ends peacefully with one in custody

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Just before 8pm Wednesday evening a standoff in north Spokane that had been ongoing for more than 3 hours finally ended with 29-year-old Adam Frantz in custody. The standoff was in the 5000 block of North Belt Avenue, just north of Shadle Park High School.

Police say the incident started at 1pm Wednesday when they tried to arrest a man in his 20s who is a suspect in a domestic violence investigation. When they got to his home, Frantz was armed with a knife and refused to come out. He then barricaded himself inside and made suicidal threats towards officers, even talking about 'suicide by cop'. At one point he'd armed himself with 3 knives.

The police department had their emergency management team on scene, negotiating with Frantz. Officers say they had time to treat this incident sensitively, because Frantz was inside his own home, alone, and did not pose a threat to the surrounding neighborhood.

They say they were being very slow and methodical, going through all their options before making their way inside. At 7:45pm officers saw an opening to move in, and took it. Frantz was arrested for felony violation of a domestic violence protection order, unlawful imprisonment, and felony harassment. Additional charges are anticipated.

Frantz has an extensive criminal history with nine felony convictions including 3rd Degree Assault, 1st Degree Theft, 1st Degree Trafficking in Stolen Property, and 2nd Degree Burglary. Additionally, he has 12 Gross Misdemeanor convictions.

KHQ did a story about him in 2010, when police say he was involved in a religious debate that ended in a knife fight. Frantz suffered two stab wounds, one in the torso and one in the hand.


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