Spokane man falls from rooftop while taunting negotiators

Spokane man falls from rooftop while taunting negotiators

Spokane man falls from rooftop while taunting negotiators

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 24, 2013 at 12:33 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Spokane Police officers safely resolved an hours long standoff with an armed burglary suspect early Tuesday morning.

Officers arrested 32-year-old Brent Nouwels for Attempted Residential Burglary and Felony Harassment after he fell from a rooftop while taunting negotiators, according to police.

A complainant said a male neighbor was outside their door with a gun. The complainant said the armed neighbor then attempted to kick in the door and burglarize the home. The suspect had returned to his home and shut off the lights when officers arrived on scene.

Officers attempted to talk to Nouwels numerous times through verbal contact, phone calls and the PA system in their vehicles. Negotiators were called to the scene in an effort to bring Nouwels, still armed, out of his home peacefully.

Nouwels eventually climbed onto the roof from a bedroom window and began taunting officers and telling them he wanted to fight them. He lost his balance on the icy roof and fell to the ground in the backyard.
He was taken into custody by awaiting officers and transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries relating to the fall. Nouwels was later booked into jail according to police.

Officers executed a search warrant of his house to recover evidence, including his firearm.

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