Spokane Police respond to suicidal man

Individual refused to come out of residence near Royal Street, Sunset Boulevard

Jordan Ferguson, Corporal/Patrol, PIO, 509.363.8285, mferguson@spokanepolice.org

Monday, March 30, 2015 at 4:28 p.m.

Spokane Police respond to suicidal man; negotiate with him for hours at a residence in west Spokane.

Today, March 30, 2015, at approximately 10:00 am, the Spokane Police Department responded to a call of a suicidal subject at a residence near the intersection of Royal St. and W. Sunset Blvd. Officers responded to make contact with the individual, identified as a male in his 30s. The individual refused to come out of the residence and talk with officers. Officers learned that the man may have at least one weapon inside the home. Officers set up a perimeter to protect the safety of neighbors and responding officers.

The Spokane Police Department Emergency Response Unit (ERU) responded to the location along with department negotiators. The subject only engaged in intermittent contact with negotiators.

After several hours of attempting to contact the man, and due to the fact that the individual was not believed to be an imminent threat to himself or others, officers left the scene. Additionally, the man had not violated the law and was therefore not taken into custody.

Neighbors and family of the man were asked to call police if there were any additional concerns at the residence.

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