Two arrested after SWAT standoff

Author: Casey Lund, Good Morning Northwest Reporter, caseyl@kxly.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:32:18 AM PST   Updated On: Sep 25 2013 07:00:46 PM PDT
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police arrested two people Wednesday morning after a SWAT standoff at a home at N. Perry Street and Rowan Avenue.

Police received a call around 11 p.m. Tuesday about shots being fired in front of the Hilllyard Grocery on North Market. Police say Thomas Weatherwax and Jayme Rodgers were involved in an altercation with another person inside the store after leaving. They waited outside for that man and that's when things became more serious.

"There was some shots fired, the two males fled in a gray Caprice, about fifteen minutes later there was another call for service involving a gray Caprice," Spokane Police Lieutenant Justin Lundgren said.

No one was hit in the shooting.

Patrol officers acted quickly, running the license plate on that car and tracking the registration back to a home on North Perry.

"One of the suspects was then detained immediately the other one fled into the house behind me to the right," Lundgren said.

Police set up a perimeter at Rowan and Perry and closed off nearby roads and the Spokane Police SWAT Team was called in.

"SWAT has specialized equipment and training so anytime we have a situation like that it reduces the risk to our officers as well as to the public and the suspects," Lundgren said.

The man barricaded inside the home eventually turned himself in and both Weatherwax and Rodgers were taken into custody.

Officers are still working to determine exactly what caused the initial incident at Hillyard Grocery; it may be possible the disagreement was gang-related.

"Some of the initial altercation that happened at the store leads us to believe that that is a possibility but it is still under investigation," Lundgren said.