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Police arrest ax-wielding, glass-throwing man after standoff

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police took a man into custody Monday after an hours-long standoff.

Police responded to a call of an assault, where a man had reportedly punched a neighbor and armed himself with an ax. When officers got on the scene, the man started throwing things off the balcony of his house, hitting vehicles below, before barricading himself in the house.

Neighbors also reported the man, identified as 47-year-old Mark W. Cebriak, was hitting golf balls at them. Due to Cebriak's escalating behavior, a decision was made to utilize additional resources from the hostage negotiation team, SWAT, and the explosives disposal unit in an effort to bring the situation to a peaceful end. Officers were also concerned his worsening behavior may be the result of mental health issues, so mental health professionals were also called in to assess the situation.

After about five hours refusing to come out of his house located in the 1700 block of west 12th, SWAT officers used chemical munitions and were able to safely take Cebriak into custody. Cebriak continued to fight with officers, punching and kicking them as he was being taken into custody. He was taken to an area hospital to be checked out before he was booked into jail.

Cebriak was booked into Spokane County Jail for third degree assault on law enforcement, first degree malicious mischief, fourth degree assault and third degree malicious mischief.

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