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SWAT standoff ends in arrest for 70-year-old Deer Park man

A 70-year-old Deer Park man was arrested Friday afternoon after a SWAT standoff prompted by an alleged baseball bat assault, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said.

Michael Martin was booked into Spokane County Jail on Friday, several hours after deputies received a call from neighbors claiming Martin had beaten them with his fists and the bat, according to a news release. When officers arrived at Martin’s trailer in the 300 block of South Fir Avenue, he walked inside and refused to leave, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

SWAT team members and hostage negotiators were called to the scene. A search warrant was obtained and a seated Martin, who said he didn’t want to open the door for the police, was arrested without incident, according to the news release.

Martin faces assault charges in the incident, the Sheriff’s Office said.