Ofc. Teresa Fuller
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3:32 p.m.
5/2/2016, 1:24 a.m.
The Spokane Police Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT), with the assistance of the Cheney Police Department, located and arrested Aaron Strom just before midnight last night (05/01/2016).
Strom was located at a residence just outside of Cheney and taken into custody without incident.
Strom was booked into jail for Felony Violation of a Domestic Violence Protection Order.
The Spokane Police are asking for the public’s help locating a wanted domestic violence suspect, 35-year-old Aaron W. Strom (picture on FaceBook-City of Spokane Police Department and Twitter-@SpokanePD). After receiving a call he was armed and suicidal, it was also determined he had a warrant for City Assault. During the course of the investigation probable cause was developed for Felony Violation of a Domestic Violence Protection Order.
Just before noon today, May 1, 2016, Spokane Police received a call from a victim of domestic violence in the area of 5100 W. Ridgecrest. Her boyfriend, Strom, was armed with a handgun and had threatened to kill himself or shoot at police to force them to shoot him. The victim was able to get inside her house to safety. The suspect had abandoned his vehicle before officers arrived.
Officers did find a replica firearm in the vehicle. It is unknown whether he may have had a second weapon. Officers searched the neighborhood for nearly 3 hours utilizing SWAT, K9’s, and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Air1 to ensure the safety of the surrounding neighborhood and conduct as extensive a search as possible.
Just before 3:00pm the active search was called off, but SPD officers will remain in the neighborhood should anyone report suspicious activity. Strom is described as a white male, 5’10”, light build, buzz cut brown hair, blue eyes, with a full beard, wearing ripped jeans and a jacket. Anyone who sees Strom or any suspicious activity in the area is asked to call 911. Do not attempt to make contact with Strom.
Domestic Violence is a serious crime that the Spokane Police take seriously. That, coupled with the threat of suicide, means officers are being extra cautious in searching for the suspect.