Officer J. O'Brien
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11:25 a.m.
Spokane Police arrested 52 year old Jimmy R. Engleman after he shot several bullets from a firearm striking neighboring houses. Police surrounded his residence early this morning but he continued to shoot a firearm. After a long standoff, the male was taken into custody without injury to him or others.
On May 19th, 2018 around 4:15 am, several people in the neighborhood at 4700 N. Post called 911 to report their occupied homes had been struck by bullets. They reported hearing several gunshots and gave the location of the shooter. A Major Crimes Sergeant was several blocks away on a separate investigation and heard the shots. He responded and was on scene within two minutes. He was able to direct setting up containment.
SWAT officers were dispatched to the scene along with armored cover. It was determined very early Engleman posed a significant danger to his neighborhood. Houses are close together in the neighborhood and he had the ability to shoot in all directions from the house. Armored vehicles from surrounding agencies were requested in order to protect the neighbors and the community.
The Hostage Negotiators Team made several attempts to speak with Engleman. SWAT used chemical agents to try and bring about a peaceful resolution.
At about 08:30 am, Engleman came out of the residence and surrendered without incident. He was taken into custody and medically cleared on scene to be transported to jail. Engleman was booked into the Spokane County Jail for several counts of Assault 1st degree.
No citizens, police personnel nor Engleman were injured during this event.
A search warrant for the residence was obtained and detectives will be on scene for several hours processing the home for evidence. This is an ongoing investigation.
This incident required several specialty teams that worked in unison to bring this dangerous event to a successful resolution. The following units were on scene: SWAT, Hostage Negotiators, Explosive Disposal Unit, Major Crimes Detectives and patrol officers. SPD would like to thank Kootenai County SWAT who were on scene with their armored vehicle along with Post Falls SWAT who were en-route.
Spokane Police would like to thank the neighbors who phoned in, sheltered in place and evacuated to keep themselves and the neighborhood safe. We would like to thank the community who changed their morning commute to avoid the area.