A 48-year-old Spokane man was arrested on multiple felony counts Sunday, May 21, 2017 after police were dispatched to 500 West Sinto around 12:30 a.m. Police had originally received a phone call early that morning reporting that a couple were involved in a domestic dispute at an apartment complex. The caller expressed some concern that one of the individuals might have had either a knife or gun on them at the time.
When officers arrived on the scene, a man who had previously been involved in the altercation took off running. He climbed the stairs of the apartment complex up to the third floor where he tried to force his way into one of the building's units. Spokane Police Officers were able to take the man into custody as he attempted to do so. Enough evidence was amassed in the case to charge him with domestic assault.
In patting him down as they prepared to take him into custody on the domestic violence charges, police found both a fully loaded handgun and cash totaling as much as $7,000 dollars in the waistband of his pants. He was also carrying a bag that was later determined to have contained a number of different drugs including morphine, heroin, prescription drugs, and methamphetamine. It also contained a scale.
In reviewing the man's criminal history, it was determined that he had more than 14 prior felony convictions. These convictions make it illegal for him to possess a firearm. The man was booked into jail not only on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, a first degree felony, but also on numerous drug possession charges.
Additional charges might be filed as the police investigation into the incident unfolds. The defendant was expected to be arraigned on these first charges on Monday, May 22, 2017.
The possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is a serious offense in itself. Allegations that he was also found in possession of drugs is a potentially aggravating circumstance that could result in much more severe penalties. In working with a Spokane criminal defense attorney, the man may be able to either work out a plea deal or have charges reduced so that he faces less jail time.
Source: khq.com, "Police: Fight call ends in arrest for multiple drug charges," Matt Pusatory, May 21, 2017