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Cab driver comes prepared to handle assailant

A man pulled a gun on the wrong cab driver late Friday night, police say.

Four men and a woman were riding in the car when 18-year-old Jahvoryn Kinard began arguing with the woman, a Spokane Police Department news release said. The cab driver pulled over, but “Kinard escalated his behavior into a potential assault on the female,” according to police Sgt. Kevin King.

The cab driver pulled out a stun gun to deter Kinard from assaulting the woman, and Kinard pulled out a handgun in return, pointed it at the cab driver, and threatened to shoot him, King said.

However, the cab driver, who has a concealed pistol license, pulled out his own handgun to defend himself and Kinard ran away.

Police responded to the incident, which took place near the Northpointe Safeway store, about 11:57 p.m. Because of the nature of the crime, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and SPD responded, according to King.

SPD K-9 Officer Dan Lesser and WSP Trooper Greg Riddell tracked down Kinard, who they say refused to obey commands and kept reaching toward his pants pockets and waistband.

Officer Sam Chimienti arrested Kinard on a charge of first-degree assault and booked him into the Spokane County Jail.

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