Standoff with Armed Suspects Ends: Both Arrested, No Injuries
Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a victim reporting he had been shot at by two males with a sawed off shotgun in the area of the 12100 block of E. Cataldo in Spokane Valley. The victim, who was not hit, stated the suspects fired one shot before running back into an apartment from the parking lot. After multiple attempts to have the suspects surrender, the more than three hour standoff ended safely when SWAT Team members detained the pair without anyone being injured.
On May 16, 2017, at approximately 1:40 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the report of a shooting in the parking lot of an apartment complex located in the 12100 block of E. Cataldo. Deputies contacted the adult male victim who was visiting family at the location. At one point an unknown male, a friend of a 17-year-old juvenile at the location whom the victim knows, tried to get the victim to fight. Instead of fighting, the victim left the apartment. As he was walking through the parking lot, both males followed. The unknown male pulled what was described as a sawed-off shotgun from his waistband, pointed it at the victim and fired. The victim was not hit and both males fled back into the apartment.
Deputies quickly responded and established a perimeter. Multiple announcements made for the suspects to exit the apartment and surrender peacefully went unanswered. The suspect(s) were observed peeking out of the apartment window but continued to refuse commands to exit. With the suspects being armed, deputies cleared three apartments in the immediate area, moving the residents to safety.
Washington State Patrol Troopers also responded to assist.
With it clear the armed suspects knew the deputies were outside and refused to exit the apartment, the SWAT and Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) were called to the scene.
A search warrant was applied for as the SWAT Team deployed. Announcements continued advising the suspects to peacefully exit and the SWAT Team was on scene. HNT members were unable to make contact with the suspects even though they were seen moving inside the apartment and peering out the windows.
After a search warrant was obtained, SWAT Team members decided to create a distraction while the door was forced open, allowing them a better vantage point and hopefully convince the suspects to surrender. Initial announcements to show their hands and peacefully exit went unanswered. Eventually, both males complied with commands and were taken into custody without injury. An altered .410 shotgun, matching the one the victim described, and a BB gun were located and seized as evidence.
It was determined the unknown male, a 16-year-old juvenile, currently faces charges of Assault 1st Degree. The second male suspect, a 17-year-old juvenile, currently faces charges of Rendering Criminal Assistance 1st Degree and was arrested for an active warrant for a parole (original charge: Robbery 2nd Degree) violation.
Major Crimes Detectives continue to investigate this incident. Additional charges are expected.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10061020.
Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer
Spokane News original posting of this incident as it unfolded can be found HERE