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SWAT, US Marshals end standoff with suspect wanted for violent crimes

SPOKANE, Wash. - Just before 5 p.m. on Monday, SWAT units responded to The Downtowner Motel near Washington & Second Ave to assist US Marshals in the apprenhension of a dangerous suspect.

US Marshals believed a person wanted for violent crimes was inside one of the units and refusing to come out.

"We tried numerous options through telephones to get the person to come out and surrender but he never did answer a phone and cooperate with us," said Spokane officer John O'Brien.

Spokane Police say the suspect, 53-year-old Jimmy Engleman shot up his neighborhood near 4700 N Post in May 2018. Engleman was arrested following that standoff, but had a felony warrant out for his arrest, according to police.

More than 3 hours into Monday's standoff, police were granted a search warrant and forced their way into Engleman's motel room.

"Eventually the door was opened by us and the subject came outside, inflicting some injuries to himself," O'brien said.

That's when police started firing non-lethal rounds to control Engleman.

"This could have easily been a deadly force situation," O'Brien said. "The subject we were looking for was armed with a deadly weapon."

Engleman was arrested and taken to this hospital with injuries, which were self infllicted, according to police.

 


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