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SWAT team responds to call after couple’s dispute

A sunny afternoon turned ugly Sunday in northeast Spokane when a domestic violence dispute escalated into a confrontation between a Spokane Police Department SWAT team and a man who allegedly struck his female companion and shot an arrow into his neighbor’s house.

After receiving a domestic violence call at 4:47 p.m., police cordoned off an area at Dalton and Cook near the suspect’s residence, 2025 E. Dalton. The woman who placed the call said the man hit her and had been drinking, said Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer DeRuwe.

One house was evacuated, and neighbors were told to stay inside. A few people trying to get home expressed frustration at being kept away, and a crowd of teenagers gathered at dusk to watch the action.

Shortly after 9 p.m., after obtaining a search warrant, officers lobbed tear gas into the home and arrested the suspect, 49-year old John C. Hill. He was booked on domestic violence and felony harassment charges.


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