SPOKANE, Wash. — A suspect safely arrested after hours-long standoff near Bigelow Gulch and Lehman Road.
According to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, the suspect, 57-year-old Raymond C. Schulte, was reportedly pointing a gun at three victims working on a car in the area.
The incident was reported to the sheriff's office on August 12 around 5 p.m. None of the victims were injured.
According to deputies, the victims were confronted by Schulte, who escalated the situation after pulling out a pistol and firing a shot.
Deputies attempted to speak with Schulte, but he was uncooperative and told them to leave. Since the suspect was armed, Bigelow Gulch was closed to drivers for safety reasons.
As the standoff continued, the SWAT Team, Crisis Negotiators, members of Spokane Fire District 9 Rescue Task Force and the Spokane Police Department were called to assist. Finally at 8:15 p.m., negotiators coaxed Schulte to surrender to SWAT forces.
Schulte is expected to be transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for three counts of second-degree assault.
The sheriff's office says that the investigation is ongoing as a search warrant will be served with evidence collected.
This is a developing news story and we will provide more updates as they become available.
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