Standoff with Wanted Felon Ends Peacefully

Ofc. Teresa Fuller

Friday, May 23, 2014 at Midnight

Spokane Police officers peacefully arrest a wanted, barricaded felon, who was said to have weapons, after repeated negotiations. William J. Wilson (34) was booked into jail on his warrants for Felony Harassment (Threats to Kill) and 1st Degree Theft as well as a new charge for City Malicious Mischief. Witnesses indicated Wilson would not be taken into custody without a police confrontation, however officers will still able to safely de-escalate the situation.

On 05/22/2014, just after 9 p.m., officers responded to a medical marijuana dispensary in the 4800 block of north Market on the report of malicious mischief. Witnesses stated they had seen a heavy set male exit a vehicle and smash a window out of the business. The owner of the business advised officers she believed it was a former employee, William Wilson.

Officers were able to develop information that Wilson was indeed the suspect and went to contact him at his residence in the 2500 block of east Lincoln Rd. Prior to arriving at his house, they also determined he had two felony warrants for his arrest.

Wilson is a convicted felon with his latest two convictions were for Attempting to Elude Police. Officers were told by witnesses that Wilson had indicated he would not be taken to jail without a police confrontation. Officers were also advised that Wilson was likely armed

Once Wilson realized officers were there, he began yelling obscenities at them and refused to come out. All means to bring a peaceful conclusion to this incident were utilized including the establishment of a secure perimeter, a response by Hostage Negotiators, SWAT, etc.

After approximately and hour and a half, Wilson was taken into custody peacefully.

Wilson will be in first appearance today at 1:30.

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