Domestic Violence Arrest

Ofc. Stephen Anderson, PIO

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 5:23 p.m.

SPD charges suspect with three felonies as a result of a Domestic Violence investigation

On May 18, 2021 at approximately 4:00am, 911 received a phone call regarding an altercation in the area of 500 E. Queen Avenue. 911 call takers heard what sounded like a physical altercation in the background along with an individual mentioning killing someone.

Prior to Officers arriving on scene, multiple individuals called 911 reference a fight in the proximity of the address. Callers told 911 they could hear multiple people screaming outside the location, however were unable to observe the incident visually.

SPD Graveyard Officers arrived a short time later and contacted a shirtless male suspect, of large stature in the front yard of the location. He was extremely confrontational with Officers and made a statement about fighting the police. He began advancing on Officers as they attempted to de-escalate his behavior. Officers provided multiple force warnings which did not deter him from continuing his advance. A less lethal force option was deployed, allowing Officers to detain him without further incident. The suspect was identified as Curtis Shoniber (26 y/o).

At the conclusion of the investigation, probable cause existed to arrest Shoniber for two counts of Assault 2nd Degree (DV) for strangling both his girlfriend and her father, Felony Order Violation (DV), and Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree (DV).

The Spokane Police Department encourages anyone who is involved in a Domestic Violence incident to call 911 or visit the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition Resource Page at

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