SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- One woman was shot by deputies and a man was taken into custody Tuesday morning after the couple barricaded themselves inside a local Motel 6, according to authorities.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said the man, Eric Heil, 32, and woman, Bonnie Ulrick, 37, were armed and had felony warrants out of Montana were refusing to come out of the Motel off Interstate 90, near Hutchinson Rd and Argonne Rd. The standoff began around 2 a.m.
Deputies originally went to the hotel to search for a stolen car. They believe the couple was in possession of that car.
During the standoff, authorities evacuated motel rooms near the first-floor unit where the suspects were hiding, but officials did not evacuate the entire motel. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and Hostage Negotiation team responded to the scene and made several announcements over a loudspeaker to get the couple to surrender.
Authorities were able to contact the couple on the telephone just after 2 a.m. Negotiators spent nearly 3 ½ hours attempting to resolve to incident.
Investigators said shots were fired around 5:30 a.m. after Ulrick pointed a gun at law enforcement officials out of a window. Deputies then fired shots. Ulrick was struck and was being treated at the scene. Investigators said Ulrick was shot in the hand. She is being transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to get additional treatment for her injuries.
Officials said she had a warrant out for her arrest for Contempt of Court in Montana.
"This is not how we wanted this to end," said one deputy. Negotiators wanted situation to be resolved peacefully. No officers were hurt.
Eric Heil was taken into custody.
Although the standoff had ended, officials expected to be on scene for some time and closed off the area to the public.
Meanwhile, classes were canceled for the day at nearby Spokane Valley High School because of the police activity.
The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team did an on-scene investigation. The Washington State Patrol is managing the investigation. The Spokane county Sheriff’s Office will release the names of the deputies involved in the shooting.
When the SIRR investigation is done, the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor for review.