A 26-year-old man surrendered to the Spokane police after a SWAT standoff that occurred in a pawnshop on E. Sprague. Authorities reported that the man entered the pawnshop and gained access to a shotgun behind the counter. According to witnesses, the man loaded the gun and fired a single shot, causing employees and customers to flee the shop.
Police barricaded the business and closed the roads nearby in an attempt to keep people safe. Witnesses told authorities that a male had entered the business with a hostage. They were concerned because they knew that large amounts of firearms were inside. The subject was armed at the time people were vacating the business; therefore, they brought in hostage negotiators and a SWAT team in an attempt to reach out to the suspect before a weapon was used in a deadly fashion.
After two hours, the man left the building and gave up quietly. He was taken into custody and charged with first-degree robbery. Even though authorities were concerned during the standoff, no one was injured. Coincidentally, the standoff was the second incident of its kind to take place in the area within the span of a week.
Those who face criminal weapons charges may feel as if they have a long road ahead of them, and they may be confused and fearful. They may not know if they will face jail or stiff fines or if such penalties will affect their families adversely. A defense attorney may be able to help by gathering information from witnesses and other parties. Depending upon the circumstances, a lawyer may be able to build a case and negotiate with the prosecution in an attempt to achieve a favorable solution.
Source: KHQ, "Suspect Identified In Shooting & Standoff At The Double Eagle Pawn Shop", August 23, 2013