February 20, 2009 in City

Library evacuated; woman in custody

The Spokesman-Review
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Spokane Police officers and a police dog enter the Spokane Public Library main branch after a woman reported someone had threatened to shoot her.
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Reports of man threatening to shoot someone in the Spokane Public Library Friday afternoon led to a SWAT team invasion and the arrest of an unarmed woman.

The building was evacuated, and police blocked Main Avenue in front of the library for more than an hour after library employees called 911 about 4:45 p.m.

A woman had said she’d heard a man say he was going to shoot the next person who walked into the third floor bathroom, where police later found the woman.

She was evaluated by medics and booked into the Spokane County Jail for harassment - threats to kill. No weapons were found in the library.

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