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Spokane SWAT negotiators end standoff on Hartson

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Police were called to the 2500 block of E. Hartson on Tuesday evening to investigate a report of a man violating a domestic violence order. When police responded the man was inside a home and did not comply with police demands to surrender.

Police say that in the past, the man had been given a court order to surrender any firearms he had. Not knowing whether the man was armed or not,  the Spokane SWAT team was called to the home to try to take the man into custody safely.

SWAT team negotiators spoke with the man and eventually he came out of the home and surrendered to police.  He was taken into custody without incident.

Witnesses reported seeing the man toss a gun out the window during the brief standoff. Investigators are working to determine if the gun was real or fake. 

Following the standoff, the man was identified as 54-year-old Martin W. Branham. He was treated for a medical issue on the scene before he was taken to jail and booked on a count of violating a domestic violence order.

Branham has a criminal history that includes several previous arrests for domestic violence.

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