SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – Two juvenile males are in custody following a more than three hour long standoff near East Cataldo Avenue and North Pines Road in Spokane Valley.
A man reported the two suspects shot at him early Tuesday morning. Spokane County Sheriff's Office deputies responded at 1:40 a.m., and spoke with the man who was visiting family at the apartment complex.
He told deputies at one point an unknown man , a friend of a 17-year-old juvenile at the location who the victim knew, tried to get the victim to fight. Instead of fighting, the victim left the apartment. Officials said as he was walking through the parking lot, they followed him. The unknown male pulled what was described as a sawed-off shotgun from his waistband, pointed it at the victim and fired. Authorities said the man was not hit and both suspects fled back into the apartment.
Deputies surrounded the apartment and brought hostage negotiators to the scene. Authorities made multiple announcements for the suspects to come out and surrender but they went unanswered. Officials saw the suspects peeking out of the apartment window but continued to refuse requests to come out. Deputies also cleared three apartments in the area since the suspects were armed.
After getting a search warrant, SWAT team members created a distraction while the door was forced open to get a better vantage point and convince the suspects to surrender. Eventually, both suspects complied with commands and were taken into custody. Officials said they found a .410 shotgun that matched the description the victim gave and a BB gun. Both items were seized as evidence.
Authorities said the unknown male, a 16-year-old, currently faces charges of first degree assault. The second suspect, a 17-year-old male, currently faces charges of rendering criminal assistance and was arrested for an active warrant for a parole violation. Major Crimes Detectives are investigating and they expect there to be additional charges.
If you have any information about the incident you are asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.