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Children safe after Sunday night standoff

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The scene from a SWAT standoff Sunday. The scene from a SWAT standoff Sunday.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

Two children are safe after their father allegedly held them hostage. The mother fled the family home after she says her husband beat and threatened her. She called police to report the assault, and the SWAT team was sent to the scene.

The suspect, 27-year-old Andrew G. Pedersen, is in jail. Deputies referred to the situation as "highly dangerous." It all unfolded Sunday evening. Deputies responded to the home near Trentwood Elementary.

During the call, surrounding roads were blocked off and residents were told to stay indoors.

SCSO said the woman called 911 after the attack. She was able to escape the house, but the couple's two children were left behind. The woman's husband held the two children hostage as

The SWAT team raided the house in question and took the man into custody, ending the standoff peacefully. Deputies said through their technology, they saw a point when the children were not near the suspect. That's when they decided to go in.

The children are ages one and seven. They made it out of the home safely, in the arms of deputies. The mother had scratch marks under her eyes and said she had been punched four times in the stomach.

The wife told first responders that she believes her husband had been under the influence of meth.

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