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Deputies arrest domestic violence suspect who fled from police

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Deputies, with the help of a K9 unit, arrested a suspect with active warrants who fled from police Thursday morning, entering the home of a Spokane resident.

Deputies responded to a call around 11:50 a.m. of a wanted person and a possible domestic violence situation in the 19000 block of E. 4th Avenue.

When the suspect, identified as 38-year-old Scott W. Fitzgerald, heard deputies approaching, he fled from his car on foot. Deputies began searching for Fitzgerald, who had a history of violence and was known to carry a pocketknife.

A K9 unit was called in, and warnings were broadcasted about the use of the unit. Deputies then heard a woman yelling for help from a residence near the 400 block of N. Namer. When deputies arrived, the woman said a man was inside her home but ran away when she started yelling. She pointed the deputies to her backyard. K9 Gunnar located Fitzgerald a short distance away, hiding underneath a parked car.

Fitzgerald was ordered to show his hands, but he refused and grabbed Gunnar's snout before he was finally taken into custody.

Fitzgerald told deputies he didn't surrender when he heard the K9 announcement because he was scared.

He was transported to the Spokane County Jail where he was booked for Residential Burglary, Violation of a Domestic Violence No Contact Order and an Assault 4th Degree DV warrant. He is also being held as a fugitive from justice for the felony warrant from Idaho.