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Sunday, August 25, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Man arrested on arson, domestic violence charges after Saturday night standoff

A man was arrested Saturday night on arson and domestic violence charges after a standoff with law enforcement at his home near the Bowl and Pitcher area of Riverside State Park.

Deputies responded at around 7 p.m. to a report that Issac W. Barnhart, 36, had assaulted his wife, then poured fuel on her vehicle as she drove away with her children, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Barnhart was inside the home when law enforcement arrived and did not respond to law enforcement’s attempts to contact him, the sheriff’s office said. A SWAT team and hostage negotiation team assisted deputies because of the nature of the reported behavior and information that Barnhart had been armed with a shotgun during the incident, a news release from the sheriff’s office said.

The SWAT team cleared nearby buildings while deputies waited for a search warrant and made contact with Barnhart. At about 11:15 p.m., Barnhart followed law enforcement commands to exit the home and he was arrested.

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