Deer Park standoff suspect, 70, found sitting in chair



Posted on January 3, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 3 at 6:50 PM

DEER PARK, Wash.— A standoff near  S. Fir and D Street ended Friday around 1:10 p.m. when one suspect was taken into custody. He was found sitting in a chair inside his home.

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and SWAT team members spent several hours Friday morning attempting to negotiate for 70-year-old Michael Martin to come outside his trailer at Meadowcrest Mobile Home Park.

Authorities were called to the scene after Martin allegedly assaulted the property owner and a neighbor according to deputies.

The 69-year old property owner said Martin began punching him after he approached him with complaints from other neighbors. When 21-year-old neighbor broke up the fight, Martin hit him between the legs with a baseball bat. Neither victim needed medical attention.

Deputies said Martin walked into his trailer and refused to speak with responding officers.

Witness Dawn Tomek said she listened to multiple attempts at negotiation.

“We listened to them try to get him to come out ‘Put your hands up, come out,’ “she said.

After getting a search warrant, the SWAT team entered the trailer and found Martin sitting in a chair. Martin said he did not want to open the door according to officers.

Martin was booked into jail for one count of felony assault and one count of misdemeanor assault.

Fir Street was closed near the scene during the incident.