Suspect in Custody After Assaulting Family Member with a Firearm

Daniel Strassenberg, PIO

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 4:48 p.m.

On June 4th, 2024 just before 8 p.m., 911 received a call from an address in the 6100 block of North Smith Street advising someone was going to be shot. Screaming could be heard by the call takers. 911 was advised that a male was armed with a gun and had struck someone in the head with the weapon inside the residence. There was also information that the suspect was pointing the gun at himself at one point.

As officers were responding, 911 was advised the suspect had left the residence in a blue sedan and was still armed. Officers quickly located the suspect vehicle in the area of Crestline and Rowan. The suspect refused to stop for officers and a brief pursuit took place. Based on the information that the suspect had already assaulted someone with a firearm, was still armed and failing to stop when commanded, officers initiated a PIT maneuver to quickly end the pursuit. The suspect vehicle was stopped, but the suspect continued to be uncooperative and would not exit the vehicle.

Due to the dangers associated with this incident and the fact the suspect was refusing to exit the vehicle when commanded, SWAT officers were requested to assist. Members of the Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) communicated with the suspect in an effort to have him exit the vehicle and surrender. The male finally exited the car and was taken into custody without incident. Officers recovered a handgun during the arrest. The investigation revealed two victims were assaulted at the residence before the suspect fled.

Anthony C. Deligt (41) was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail on the following charges:

  • 2nd Degree Assault- Domestic Violence
  • Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle
  • 2nd Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
  • 4th Degree Assault- Domestic Violence

Deligt has extensive criminal history with prior felony convictions for Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to distribute and 2nd Degree Possession of Stolen Property. The quick actions of officers when locating the suspect vehicle, brought an end to a dangerous, rapidly evolving incident.

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