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In brief: Spokane police capture man after car chase, SWAT standoff

A 28-year-old man with an extensive criminal history was booked into Spokane County Jail on Friday after sheriff’s deputies say he led them on an overnight car chase and prompted a SWAT standoff.

Jeremy Brown was arrested outside a home in the 7900 block of East Harrington Avenue and faces multiple criminal charges, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said.

Investigators say Brown, who has a criminal record dating to the mid-1990s and is wanted on an outstanding warrant in Idaho, refused to pull over for a traffic stop just before midnight and broke into the home after a short chase, prompting a SWAT standoff.

The chain of events began near the intersection of North University Road and East Valleyway Avenue, when a sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop Brown on suspicion of driving under the influence. Brown took off west, eventually fleeing his still-running car on foot into the home, where another man was inside.

The man told police Brown was armed, and a gun was recovered in the home’s bathroom, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Gas was used in the home and police dog Laslo was sent in to drive Brown out, according to the release.

Kip Hill

Undernourished farm animals seized

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service took more than a dozen undernourished farm animals Friday from a Greenacres property.

SCRAPS resource officers responded to a complaint about the animals being left outside in the cold with no food or water, according to a news release. When officers arrived, they found dead and starving animals on the property.

Many of the living animals required immediate medical attention, and all were underweight. SCRAPS removed three goats, three ducks, seven chickens and three rabbits from the property and took a dog in for veterinary assessment.

The property owner is cooperating with SCRAPS and released the animals into the shelter’s care, SCRAPS Director Nancy Hill said. Officers don’t know whether she’ll face any charges.

All the animals have already been placed in homes, Hill said.

Kaitlin Gillespie


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