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Spokane Valley Police and the Spokane County Bomb Squad ended a two hour standoff Friday night (April 9) by having a suspect strip to his underwear after officers noticed he had a possible bomb strapped to his chest, according to KREM-TV, Spokane, Wash.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said the possible bomb turned out to be only “household items” and would not elaborate.
Police arrived at the Trailer Inn’s RV Park at 4th and Eastern around 7 p.m. to reports of a possible suicidal man. The man’s female roomate called police. When they arrived the 50-year-old man was cooperative and said he had taken a number of pills.
Officers then noticed he had what looked like some type of bomb strapped to his chest.
Police evacuated the trailer park 7:30 p.m. while they set up a perimeter around the suspect’s trailer and blocked off 4th Street from Eastern to Fancher.
Around 8:15 p.m. the suspect was outside of his trailer and police were trying to talk to him, but he was not talking back. At one point the suspect was on his hands and knees and could be seen manipulating the device. He would also get up and walk around the area near his trailer.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. the man was lying on the ground outside his trailer and appeared to be unconscious. Police backed away from the man as he became unresponsive.
Around 8:55 p.m. the Spokane County Bomb Squad arrived on the scene and approached the suspect with a robot. They also ordered him to strip with his pants down to his ankles and separate himself from the device.
They took him into custody without incident and found the device to be only what they would call “household items.”
The man was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center in an ambulance for a mental evaluation.
Sgt. Reagan said the incident was a “psychotic episode” and no charges will be filed.