Deputies arrest armed suspect after hours-long standoff

SPOKANE, Wash. — Deputies arrested a man for pointing a gun at three men working on a car on Bigelow Gulch Rd, near Lehman Rd.

The incident occurred at 5 p.m. on Friday. Police say the man, later identified as 57-year-old Raymond C. Schulte, confronted three men working on a broken-down car in front of Schulte’s property.

The situation escalated quickly and Schulte pointed a pistol at them and fired a round. None of the victims were injured.

Deputies attempted to speak with Schulte, but he refused.

At around 8:15 p.m., crisis negotiators were able to get Schulte to surrender to the SWAT team standing by.

Schulte is expected to be booked into Spokane County Jail for three counts of second-degree assault. This is an ongoing investigation.