Spokane Police say it was an off-duty officer on his way home that spotted 31-year-old domestic violence suspect Ryan Whyte Saturday morning.
Officers had been looking for Whyte since around 2:00 am after they responded to a report that he choked his girlfriend, however, they were unable to locate him.
About six hours later, however, an off-duty office on his way home spotted Whyte entering the apartment near 53rd and Regal and called it in.
"Whyte has a previous history, unrelated to this incident, of being armed and of making threats to officers, so other resources were called in out of an abundance of caution," Spokane Police said in a release. "SWAT, Hostage Negotiators, K9 Officers, the Explosives Disposal Unit, the Air Support Unit, Spokane County Fire District 8, and AMR were all called to the scene."
The SWAT Team spent hours trying to get Whyte to come out of his apartment, but he still refused. At around 1:00 pm, the SWAT Team forcibly breeched the door and Whyte then gave himself up.
"SPD very much appreciates the patience of the neighborhood and apartment complex impacted by the significance of the response this morning," Cpl. Teresa Fuller said.