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Spokane Police respond to standoff in Hillyard neighborhood

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police said a man who they believed barricaded himself in a house on E. Central Ave. Sunday evening for seven and a half hours may not have been there.

Police entered the home after getting a warrant and could not locate 27-year-old Harley McDonald.

They are now searching for McDonald who is a domestic violence suspect.

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Spokane Police say a man has barricaded himself in a house on E. Central Ave. Sunday evening. They believe he is armed inside the house with a 9mm pistol. Police are asking everyone to avoid the area and if you live nearby, to stay put in your homes.

Streets in the area have been blocked off and officers are using a loudspeaker to talk to the man. Police say it started as a domestic violence call. They say the man is alone in the house.

Officers on scene tell KHQ's Cynthia Johnson that the man believed to be in the house already has some charges against him. Police identified him as 27-year-old Harley McDonald. They say McDonald made threats that he was going to "shoot it out with police."

Police say hostage negotiators are on their way to the scene, but believe McDonald is alone.

We will update this story as soon as more information becomes available. 

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