Ofc. Joshua Laiva, PIO
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 12:25 p.m.
Spokane Police take knife wielding suspect, who was stopping traffic, into custody.
November 12, 2019, just after 1:15PM, Spokane Police responded to the report of a Domestic Violence incident involving a weapon in the 5900 block of N. Alameda St. A father from a residence in the area was calling to advise his daughter’s boyfriend, Reishawn M. Baker, was trying to attack him and he had to be restrained. The caller continued to report that Reishawn went out of the residence with knives, and was locked outside. It was also reported that Reishawn was threatening how law enforcement would have to shoot him to get him into custody. Prior to the arrival of law enforcement, Reishawn went into the intersection of N Driscoll Blvd. / W Winston Dr., stopped traffic, was waving a pair of knives at passing vehicles. Reishawn even scratched the hood of a truck, with the knives, that stopped for him. Upon the arrival of the Spokane Police Officers, Reishawn was non-compliant and approached the Officer’s while still holding the knives out. Reishawn told the Officers he wanted them to shoot him. Officers utilized a Tazer on Reishawn, and successfully took him into custody.
Reishawn was taken to a local hospital and medically cleared before being booked into the Spokane County Jail for Pedestrian Interference, Disorderly Conduct, and Display of a Dangerous Weapon. The Officers involved in this incident showed great restraint given the circumstances. Reishawn was not injured during the incident.
Spokane Police are asking any witnesses to this event, who have not already been contacted, to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.
Officer John O'Brien