Police: Spokane man arrested for pointing gun at neighbors, officers

Police: Spokane man arrested for pointing gun at neighbors, officers

A man in northeast Spokane was arrested Thursday night after police said he pointed a gun at his neighbor and officers.

Spokane Police officers were called to a home near E. Dalke and NEvada around 7:30 p.m. Police said the armed man, identified as 29-year-old Ty Schmeginske, was threatening to shoot neighbors and wanted officers to shoot him.

In a release, SPD said Schmeginske was sitting on his own front porch with a handgun in his hand. Police said he was waving it around. When police identified themselves, Schmeginske reportedly took cover behind a tree in the yard and pointed his gun at officers. Police said he also lifted the gun to his own head at one point.

Schmeginske eventually threw the gun to ground and walked out to the fence with his hands up. Police said he then put his hands down and walked over to the gun, standing over it. SPD said he did this a few times, but ultimately went into the backyard and out to the sidewalk.

Once he was far enough away from the gun, officers used non-lethal rounds and a K9 to detain Schmeginske, SPD said. He was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Schmeginske was charged with four counts of second-degree assault.

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