Man sprayed by skunk during arrest in Deer Park outside church

Skunk sprays person during arrest
Credit: Spokane County Sheriff's Office

DEER PARK, Wash.— Deputies from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office arrested a burglary suspect in Deer Park for second-degree burglary.

Just past 3 a.m. on August 4, deputies responded to the report of an active burglary at the Church of the Nazarene in Deer Park. The person who called to report the burglary said they saw a man walking around and inside the church on the surveillance footage, wearing a mask over his face. He had a flashlight and was looking for audio equipment.

One of the deputies saw the suspect, 28-year-old Grant M. Simonson, walk past an open window and began to climb out of the church.

When following commands from deputies, a skunk came in and sprayed Simonson.

Simonson was taken into custody without further incident, telling authorities he was “curious.”

He was booked into the Spokane County Jail for second-degree burglary. He was later released on his own recognizance later in the day.

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