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SWAT Team, sheriff’s deputies arrest convicted felon on suspicion of burglary

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 13, 2020

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies and SWAT Team members arrested a suspected burglar Thursday following a brief standoff.

Residents said a man entered their home in the 2200 block of East Weile Avenue in Spokane County through a closed and unlocked door. The man later identified as Otis C. Shaw, 46, appeared to be armed with a pistol tucked in his waistband, according to the release. He left a message for a resident of the home to call him.

When the resident returned and called Shaw, according to the release, he called her an expletive and said she owed him $100. The woman told deputies Shaw sounded high or drunk, according to the release.

Deputies found Shaw at a residence in the 2900 block of East Decatur Avenue. Deputies knocked on the door and a woman, later identified as Niama M. Shaw, 30, answered and then closed the door, telling deputies to go away, the release said.

A deputy watching the back of the building saw her then leave through a sliding door. When the deputy contacted her, she raised both hands and made an obscene gesture, according to the release. Then she turned and ran.

After a struggle she was arrested, the release said.

Deputies also saw Otis Shaw through a window in the bathroom. He was unwilling to surrender. Deputies noted that Shaw has previous robbery and assault convictions, and together with concerns he was armed, asked for a SWAT team to help arrest him.

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