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Spokane police arrest strangulation suspect

SATURDAY, FEB. 4, 2012, 3:40 P.M.

Spokane police arrested a man reported to be armed after the man allegedly strangled his live-in girlfriend.

Wayne S. Cooper, 28, was booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree assault, according to Sgt. Jason Hartman.

Today about 12:40 p.m., police responded to the 2600 block of East 4th Avenue for reports of a man with a 9mm handgun and contacted his girlfriend, who said he strangled her almost to the point of passing out, threw her into a vehicle, and fled with the weapon, Hartman said.

About half a dozen officers scoured the area, but one officer eventually reached Cooper on his phone and convinced him to surrender.

Cooper, who police say was hiding among houses in a busy area, was taken into custody without incident and no gun was found on him.

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