April 10, 2011 in City, Idaho
Hot police weapon gets armed man to surrender
Firearms were no match for the Spokane Police Department’s hottest weapon – pepper spray.
An armed, violent and resistant man came fleeing out of his home Saturday night after police filled the dwelling with pepper spray.
James Vandyke, 41, was arrested on second-degree assault in a domestic violence incident that prompted the police response about 7:30 p.m.
When officers arrived at the home in the 5500 block of North Greenwood Boulevard, they found Vandyke forcibly holding is wife with a gun in his hand, said Officer Teresa Fuller in a press release.
He refused to drop the weapon and went into the house, eventually allowing his wife and others at the residence to leave. Police learned he had additional firearms.
Officers obtained a search warrant and attempted to convince Vandyke to surrender, but he refused until the pepper spray was applied several hours into the standoff
Police issued a thank you to neighbors and others in the area for cooperating with officers.