SWAT Team Standoff Ends Safely

SPOKANE — A SWAT team standoff in West Central Spokane ended safely Friday morning with a suspect being taken into custody.

The incident started with a domestic violence situation in West Central Spokane, where 32-year-old Douglas Carney is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house and beating up her new boyfriend. He is then said to have retreated to his home in the 1700 block of West Dean.

Police got word of the incident and went to his house to check out the situation but, when they got there, he refused to submit to officers and the SWAT team was called in.

“[Police] saw Carney through a window, but he refused to come out. They also attempted communicating with him over a PA system, but still got no response from anyone in the house,” the Spokane Police Department said through a Friday morning press release.

At one point, there were more than a dozen police officers and the city SWAT team on the scene.

At about 7:20 a.m. – after an hour-and-a-half without making contact – Carney surrendered peacefully and officers and SWAT personnel took him into custody. He is being booked on felony burglary charges, though it’s likely he will also be charged with assault and resisting arrest at some point.

No injuries were reported in the standoff and there was no word early Friday on the condition of the man who was assaulted. According to SPD, “The victim male declined medics at the scene, but did have visible injuries sustained during the altercation.”

Dean was closed off in the block just west of Ash as the situation unfolded.