Barricaded suspects, including homicide suspect, in custody

Monique Cotton, Police Communications Director, 509.363.8285


Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 11 a.m.


Spokane Police Patrol, SWAT and Hostage Negotiators bring four barricaded subjects, including a homicide suspect from Walla Walla, out of a N. Spokane motel safely and peacefully. The homicide suspect, a juvenile male believed to be armed, was taken into custody on an outstanding 1st Degree Murder Warrant. The additional subjects also face charges for Rendering Criminal Assistance.

Late this afternoon, around 4:00 p.m., Spokane Police received information from the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI that they believed a suspect in a Walla Walla homicide, occurring on January 3rd, was inside the Knights Inn Motel (formerly the Royal Scot Motel) at 20 W. Houston Ave. in Spokane and possibly armed, along with several other individuals.

Spokane Police Patrol, SWAT and Hostage Negotiators quickly developed a plan and responded to the location. Hostage Negotiators initiated contact with the subjects inside the motel. At approximately 8:00 p.m., two subjects (a male and a female) came out of the hotel and into police custody safely and peacefully. Approximately 15 minutes later, the remaining two subjects (a male and a female) came out of the hotel and into police custody safely and peacefully.

A juvenile male suspect was taken into custody for the outstanding 1st Degree Murder Warrant. Two of the other subjects have warrants for 1st Degree Rendering Criminal Assistance. The additional subject is also suspected of Rendering Criminal Assistance, however detectives are still investigating.

The Spokane Police Department, the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI will work together to investigate this incident.



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