October 22, 2013 in City

Man arrested after overnight SWAT standoff

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A 52-year-old man was coaxed out of a North Central Spokane home overnight following an hours-long SWAT standoff.

John Hartz was booked into Spokane County Jail at 2 a.m. Tuesday, facing charges of assault, harassment and burglary. The domestic violence incident started when police received a call just before 9 p.m. Monday from a woman claiming Hartz, armed with a shotgun, threatened to kill her. The woman was led from the home in the 400 block of West Montgomery Avenue without incident, but Hartz refused to leave the residence.

A hostage negotiator and a SWAT team were called to the scene. Gas canisters were tossed into the home after Hartz repeatedly refused to leave. He left the home shortly thereafter and was taken into custody without incident, according to a news release from Spokane Police.

Hartz has a criminal record in Spokane Superior Court dating back to 1980. He has multiple felony convictions, including intimidation of a judge, assault and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the news release. Hartz is scheduled to make a first appearance in court Tuesday afternoon.

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