Man escapes from Eastern State Hospital, then has standoff with - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man escapes from Eastern State Hospital, then has standoff with law enforcement in Medical Lake

Posted: Updated:
MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. -

Rescue crews and Eastern State Hospital staff had a busy afternoon on Saturday attempting to get an escaped patient out of the water.

"He jumped into the water and has some demands," said Medical Lake Assistant Fire Chief Stevens.

Rescue crews used several methods to make sure that the escaped patient was okay.

The Sheriff's Department launched their boat, along with the Medical Lake Fire Department, to make sure the escaped patient would not harm himself or others nearby.

This is the second time in just over a month that a patient has escaped Eastern State Hospital.

In early June, 39-year-old Dustin Leeds escaped and was found at the downtown Spokane train station after several hours of searching.

The patient did eventually give up arguing with rescuers and walked out of the water and then was transported to a local hospital for a mental evaluation. 

Previous Coverage: 

Emergency responders are on scene of a water rescue in Medical Lake. 

Officials tell KHQ a patient from Eastern State Hospital escaped and is standing chest deep in the lake. They are trying to get him out and back up to the hospital. 

Officials say the man is asking to speak with Major Crimes detectives. 

Fire officials told us he's not a threat at the moment so they are going to wait him out. 

"He's starting to shake a little bit, so it's just a matter of him getting cold enough and coming out of the water," Medical Lake Assistant Fire Chief Stevens told KHQ.

KHQ's Peter Maxwell is on scene and we will continue to update this story as it develops. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Tsunami warning withdrawn for West Coast after 8.2 magnitude quake hits Alaska

    Tsunami warning withdrawn for West Coast after 8.2 magnitude quake hits Alaska

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 10:37 AM EST2018-01-23 15:37:25 GMT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on an Alaska earthquake that prompted a tsunami warning for coastal Alaska, Canada's British Columbia and the West Coast of the U.S. (all times local):   2:45 a.m.   Larry LeDoux, superintendent of the Kodiak Island Borough School District, says schools were open as shelters and estimated there were about 500 people at the high school.

    >>

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on an Alaska earthquake that prompted a tsunami warning for coastal Alaska, Canada's British Columbia and the West Coast of the U.S. (all times local):   2:45 a.m.   Larry LeDoux, superintendent of the Kodiak Island Borough School District, says schools were open as shelters and estimated there were about 500 people at the high school.

    >>
  • Same-sex active-duty couple marries at West Point

    Same-sex active-duty couple marries at West Point

    Sunday, January 21 2018 3:25 PM EST2018-01-21 20:25:00 GMT

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - Two Army captains who met at West Point have returned there to be married, in what is believed to be the first same-sex marriage of active-duty personnel at the storied New York military academy.    The New York Times reports Captains Daniel Hall and Vincent Franchino were married on Jan. 13. They're both Apache helicopter pilots stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.

    >>

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - Two Army captains who met at West Point have returned there to be married, in what is believed to be the first same-sex marriage of active-duty personnel at the storied New York military academy.    The New York Times reports Captains Daniel Hall and Vincent Franchino were married on Jan. 13. They're both Apache helicopter pilots stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.

    >>
  • Family: Woman injured at Ice Ribbon passes away

    Family: Woman injured at Ice Ribbon passes away

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 2:04 AM EST2018-01-23 07:04:49 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The woman critically injured at the Ice Ribbon in Riverfront Park last week has passed away, according to family.  Over the weekend, the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department reported the woman had passed away, only to correct that release and say she was still in critical condition. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The woman critically injured at the Ice Ribbon in Riverfront Park last week has passed away, according to family.  Over the weekend, the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department reported the woman had passed away, only to correct that release and say she was still in critical condition. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Governor: 1 dead, many injured in high school shooting in southwest Kentucky

    Governor: 1 dead, many injured in high school shooting in southwest Kentucky

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:01 AM EST2018-01-23 16:01:31 GMT

    BENTON, Ky. - Kentucky State Police say the suspected shooter at a high school was apprehended by a Marshall County deputy. The Tuesday morning shooting at Marshall County High School in southwest Kentucky has left one person dead and others wounded. State police didn't provide any other immediate details about the shooter or the apprehension.

    >>

    BENTON, Ky. - Kentucky State Police say the suspected shooter at a high school was apprehended by a Marshall County deputy. The Tuesday morning shooting at Marshall County High School in southwest Kentucky has left one person dead and others wounded. State police didn't provide any other immediate details about the shooter or the apprehension.

    >>
  • Tsunami warning withdrawn for West Coast after 8.2 magnitude quake hits Alaska

    Tsunami warning withdrawn for West Coast after 8.2 magnitude quake hits Alaska

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 10:37 AM EST2018-01-23 15:37:25 GMT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on an Alaska earthquake that prompted a tsunami warning for coastal Alaska, Canada's British Columbia and the West Coast of the U.S. (all times local):   2:45 a.m.   Larry LeDoux, superintendent of the Kodiak Island Borough School District, says schools were open as shelters and estimated there were about 500 people at the high school.

    >>

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on an Alaska earthquake that prompted a tsunami warning for coastal Alaska, Canada's British Columbia and the West Coast of the U.S. (all times local):   2:45 a.m.   Larry LeDoux, superintendent of the Kodiak Island Borough School District, says schools were open as shelters and estimated there were about 500 people at the high school.

    >>
  • Trump casts doubt on reaching immigration deal by Feb. 8

    Trump casts doubt on reaching immigration deal by Feb. 8

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 9:49 AM EST2018-01-23 14:49:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says "nobody knows" whether Republicans and Democrats can reach an immigration deal by a new Feb. 8 deadline.  He says Democrats learned that shutting down the government won't work. Trump tweeted Tuesday: "Nobody knows for sure that the Republicans & Democrats will be able to reach a deal on DACA by February 8, but everyone will be trying.

    >>

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says "nobody knows" whether Republicans and Democrats can reach an immigration deal by a new Feb. 8 deadline.  He says Democrats learned that shutting down the government won't work. Trump tweeted Tuesday: "Nobody knows for sure that the Republicans & Democrats will be able to reach a deal on DACA by February 8, but everyone will be trying.

    >>