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Suicidal soldier prompts SWAT standoff

A suicidal soldier prompted a SWAT standoff in Spokane County this afternoon.

A few minutes before noon, a couple called police after finding a bloody man in a truck parked near Nevada Street and Magnesium Road that was running for more than an hour and a half, said sheriff’s Spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Police thought the 35-year-old man may have been armed with a gun because he is a military reservist, Reagan said. The SWAT team responded after the man refused to exit the vehicle and began revving his engine.

As SWAT moved in, the man exited the truck and surrendered. He had self-inflicted knife wounds to his legs and neck, and was transported to a downtown hospital for surgery and a mental evaluation. A hospital employee said at 4:30 p.m. the man was still in surgery and no condition could be provided.

Spokane police officers assisted with traffic control and Magnesium Road from Nevada Street to Crestline Street was closed for more than an hour.

“A complicated ‘save’ was accomplished without injury to anyone involved because of excellent teamwork by Spokane Police and the sheriff’s office,” Reagan said.

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