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Spokane Police arrest naked man on domestic violence call

UPDATED: Wed., June 17, 2020

Numerous callers reported a domestic violence incident last week where a man was attacking his wife and daughter, even chasing the daughter down the street while he was naked.

Witnesses captured Sherman Kinard, 47, while awaiting police, according to court documents.

Police approached Kinard, who was lying naked in the grass a short distance from the residence where the incident occurred at about 4 p.m. Friday in the 3200 block of East 55th Ave.

Kinard’s wife told police, he entered their bedroom and angrily asked her questions before putting her in a chokehold. She told police he dragged her down the hallway before throwing her against a wall and getting on top of her, according to a police department statement.

The wife then yelled for her daughter to call 911 but Kinard allegedly knocked the phone out of the daughter’s hands. The wife said she began screaming and yelling for help, hoping a neighbor would hear. Kinard then bit his wife’s cheek and would not let go, according to a police statement.

The wife told her daughter to try and escape the apartment but Kinard intervened before allegedly punching his wife in the head.

A neighbor heard the screams and knocked on the door.

The neighbor told police she opened the apartment door and a young girl ran out . Kinard stopped hitting his wife and chased the girl out the door, knocking the neighbor down several stairs in the process, according to police.

Other witnesses told police they saw Kinard chasing a child before they caught up to him and caught him. Witnesses told police that Kinard was “out of his mind” and calling himself “Lord” and “Jesus.”

He managed to get free from the witnesses but they recaptured him and waited for police to arrive, according to a police statement.

When police arrived Kinard was naked and breathing heavily. Police said he had a white substance around his mouth. Officers talked to Kinard, hoping to de-escalate the situation, according to a police statement.

He told police he wanted to be called Jesus and Sammy Rollings. Kinard also referenced George Floyd, asked bystanders to have their cameras out, and mentioned officers killing him, according to a police statement. When the call came in, Kinard was described as an African American male.

Officer Cole Stanley warned Kinard force may be used and did a spark test of his Taser.

Eventually officers talked Kinard into laying on a gurney for medics and he was transported to a local hospital without incident.

At the hospital, there was a scuffle between Kinard and hospital security, according to police. He was handcuffed and taken to the Spokane County Jail where he was booked for domestic violence second-degree assault, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, and two counts of unlawful imprisonment. Kinard has previous felony convictions including second-degree arson and burglary.

Kinard is currently being held in the Spokane County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

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