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Man arrested following Spokane Valley SWAT standoff identified

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SWAT on scene at 5th Ave. and Coach Ct. SWAT on scene at 5th Ave. and Coach Ct.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A SWAT standoff lasting more than four hours left a Spokane Valley community at a standstill Sunday afternoon. The standoff ended with one man taken into custody and deputies have released that man's identity.

Investigators say 34-year-old Christopher Ferrell was high on methamphetamine when he locked himself in a shop in the area of 5th Avenue and Coach Court and threatened to burn a house down. It all started as a domestic violence call just before 2:30 in the morning. Deputies say when they arrived at the home on the 17200 block of East 5th Avenue, Ferrell was already gone. Ferrell's family told investigators he was using meth and they didn't feel safe because of his altered mental state.

Around noon, deputies say Ferrell's family called to let them know he came back to the scene of the domestic dispute. They knew he had a knife earlier in the evening but they didn't know if he had any weapons on him at this point. The shop he locked himself in had tools like welding torches and chemicals which were a cause for concern for those trying to de-escalate the situation.

Deputies smelled a strong odor of fuel coming from the shop as they tried multiple times to reach Ferrell with no success. They were eventually able to reach him by phone but he hung up. A robot was used to contact him as well as a PA announcement without results which only added to a growing fear of Ferrell's safety due to the reported threats he'd made throughout the day, his drug use, and his growing paranoia.

Finally, crews on scene gassed the shop, forcing Ferrell outside but he didn't go into custody without a fight. Deputies say Ferrell wouldn't follow their commands and he reached into his coat pocket which made investigators on scene think he was reaching for a weapon. The SWAT Team used non-lethal impact rounds and K9 Deacon to bring Ferrell into custody.

Spokane Valley Deputies, The SWAT Team, and Negotiators helped bring this situation under control.

Christopher Ferrell is being charged with Felony Assault in the 2nd Degree and Malicious Mischief which is a misdemeanor.




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Police and SWAT officers are investigating a standoff in the area of 5th Ave. and Coach Court in Spokane Valley.The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says a call for a domestic dispute first came in early Sunday, around 2 a.m., but the man left the house before police could make contact. Another call came in around noon when he returned to the house.

The man then barricaded himself inside a shop connected to the house and threatened to blow it up. SWAT officers approached the shop with guns drawn and used a robot to approach the house more closely. 

They then used an armored vehicle to approach the shop and gave commands to the man, but it was unclear if the man responded to those commands.

Spokane County Sheriff's Office deputies say the suspect is in custody after a struggle.

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