SPOKANE, Wash. - With the help of a few flash bangs and well organized plan - the Spokane County Sheriff's office was able to execute a narcotics and firearms warrant Tuesday morning without firing a shot.
"Well I was up at 5:30 like normal," explained Sandra Brace, who lives a few doors down from the targeted house. "At 5:45 I heard an explosion. I was concerned because it was really loud."
While she had a right to be concerned, Sandra was quickly comforted by the overwhelming presence of Spokane County deputies and SWAT team members. Just a few houses east of the University and Grace intersection, officials were working to detain the occupants in accordance with their warrant. Initially, it the operation was successful in a matter of minutes as 3 individuals were safely removed from the house.
However, deputies quickly realized there was another person in the home they had not accounted for.
The suspect, later identified as 26-year-old Brian J. Partridge, was still inside and refusing to follow commands.
"Being that they believed the individual who was possibly inside was armed and dangerous, they did turn around and introduce chemical agents to get him to surrender" explained Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Gregory. "Eventually the SWAT Team did enter the residence and they found him hiding. He was safely taken into custody."
As for Sandra and the neighbors - they seemed to think the early wake up call was a small price to pay for a safer neighborhood.
"Very kind, very professional. They didn't intimidate me when I came up to ask what's going on," Sandra said.
Spokane detectives seized three suppressors, four firearms, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Xanax, scales, and other drug paraphernalia.
Partridge was booked into Spokane County Jail for six counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Obstructing Law Enforcement, Resisting Arrest, and a Washington State Department of Corrections Warrant.
22-year-old Bailey J. Counts was booked into Spokane county Jail for three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, and three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance.
The other two adults were released and not charged.
This is an ongoing investigation, and additional arrests or charges are possible.