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Spokane Valley man surrenders after standoff following domestic violence call

UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018

From staff reports

A Spokane Valley man surrendered to a Spokane County SWAT team early Saturday morning after an hourslong standoff following a domestic violence call.

Sean M. Gummow, 48, is accused of strangling his wife and threatening to kill her on Friday night, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. After fleeing from Gummow, his wife reportedly went to a neighbor’s home, where Gummow allegedly followed, banging on the neighbor’s doors and windows.

Deputies said Gummow made suicidal threats and said he wanted to be shot by authorities. He went back inside his home, where his wife said he had access to weapons.

Responding deputies reported that Gummow ignored their commands. A SWAT and hostage negotiation team was called around 9 p.m. Friday. Gummow surrendered peacefully after midnight and was booked into Spokane County Jail on strangulation and harassment charges.

Deputies seized several firearms for evidence when the search warrant was executed, according to the sheriff’s office.

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