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Man accused of pouring gas on vehicle with kids, woman inside released from jail

SPOKANE, Wash. - A man accused of engaging in an hours-long standoff with authorities after assaulting a woman and trying to pour gas on her car was released from jail Friday. 

36-year-old Issac W. Barnhart is charged with arson, assault with a deadly weapon, and child assault from an incident April 20, according to court documents. 

Those court records reveal a woman called authorities that Saturday night and said Barnhart had "pulled a gun on her and her kids." She went on to say the man "hit her in the head with a shotgun and attempted to light her vehicle on fire with her and her kids inside."

Multiple agencies responded to the home in the 3100 block of N. Old Trails Road to make contact with Barnhart. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office (SCSC) said Barnhart would not communicate with deputies, so SWAT Team members and the Hostage Negotiation Team were called in to help. The Air 1 helicopter also responded for overhead security. 

The SCSO said  Barnhart surrendered after about four hours. 

During his first appearance Monday, he addressed the court to say that he was a veteran and respected the authorities responding to the incident. He went on to say he was "extremely cooperative" and "didn't hear police calling for him."

His father also spoke to the presiding judge to say that this "isn't normal" for his son. 

A judge ordered his bond be set at $50,000. He said he was concerned for the safety of the victims and the community. 

The Spokane County jail roster showed that Barnhart bonded out Friday afternoon. His arraignment is scheduled for April 30 at 10:00 a.m.


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