Ofc. Richie Plunkett, PIO
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 7:21 p.m.
On December 14th, around 11:46pm, Spokane Police officers responded to a report of a Domestic Violence call at the 2400 block of W Mallon Ave. Upon arrival at the location, officers learned that serious threats to harm with a knife had been made by Layth Fuller (53) to at least two individuals including his significant other. It was also reported Fuller tried to stab one of the individuals. Officers on scene developed probable cause for two counts of Felony Harassment (Threats to Kill) and one count of Assault 1st Degree.
Due to the severe nature of the crimes, officers had the residence evacuated which left only Fuller inside. Multiple resources were called to the scene which included SWAT, Hostage Negotiators, K9 Officers, the Explosives Disposal Unit, and the Spokane Fire Department. Verbal announcements were made on scene advising Fuller he was under arrest and he needed to peacefully surrender by coming out of the residence. Despite the numerous announcements informing him he was under arrest, Fuller refused to comply with commands and barricaded himself within the residence.
Just after 3:30am, Spokane SWAT officers entered the residence with a signed search warrant. Once inside the residence, Fuller was taken into custody without incident and later booked into the Spokane County Jail. Fuller will have his first court appearance Monday at 1:30pm.
Officer John O'Brien