Drug bust turns into standoff in North Spokane

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by KREM.com / SPD

KREM.com

Posted on June 18, 2010 at 10:08 AM

SPOKANE -- Spokane Police detectives Investigations and SWAT Officers executed a drug search warrant after ending a standoff with an armed suspect Thursday night.

The incident started at 5:00 p.m. in the the 6800 block of North Napa.

Officers say they were investigating Jacob Snizik, 25, believed to have been selling heroin.

SWAT officers were called to assist because of the information that Snizik could be armed. Responding officers saw Snizik attempting to flee from the residence. Officers said the scene was so well secure that Snizik went back inside the house.

Officers could see that Snizik was armed with a handgun. There was a short standoff while SWAT members made phone contact with Snizik and were able to convince him to surrender without incident.

Officers say they recovered 5 firearms including the one that Snizik armed himself with after being confronted by police. They also recovered some heroin and evidence supporting the sale of heroin.

Snizik is a convicted felon and had a felony DOC warrant for his arrest. He was booked into jail for 5 counts of 1st degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance (heroin).

Police want to thank concerned citizens in the neighborhood who helped by calling 911 with information about pit bulls in the suspect's residence. Officers say they're always able to make better decision about how to resolve a situation safely when they have as much information as possible.

Officers urge citizens to continue to be good witnesses and assist Law Enforcement in maintaining their public safety.

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