Same Address, Two Standoffs, In Six Months

Lt. Terry Preuninger, PIO

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 2:16 p.m.

Spokane Police Officers arrest two men for felony assault charges after a standoff on the South Hill.  This is the second time in six months police have arrested people out of this address for crimes of violence involving firearms. 

On Sunday, (2-18-24) SPD officers responded to 2800 block of E 30th on a report an argument where two males were displaying and pointing guns, one of which appeared to be a “sawed off shotgun”.  The suspects fled prior to SPD arrival.  

An SPD K9 team was used to track the armed suspects to the area of an apartment in the 3100 block of S. Mt Vernon.  SPD was able to use video and a vehicle registration to further identify one of the suspects, Levante Potter (who was later arrested for second degree assault). 

Once the apartment was surrounded officers began making attempts to communicate with the occupants who refused to comply.  

After multiple failed attempts to establish communication SWAT, Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU), Arial Support Unit (ASU), and the Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) were notified and responded to the scene.  A police robot was used to force entry into the apartment and a drone was inserted to assist in the search.  The suspects and an uninvolved female were located hiding in a bedroom, once discovered they complied with police instructions and surrendered.  

Levante Potter (31) and Dempsey Arrow (18) were both arrested and charged with second degree assault.   SPD #2024-20031180

As Officers progressed through the incident, they recognized the apartment from an incident on the 17th of August of last year.   On that call multiple individuals barricaded themselves in the apartment after committing an armed robbery at a local Game Stop store.  In that incident a police robot was used to forcibly enter the apartment which compelled the suspects to surrender.  SPD #2023-20164102

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