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911 Call on Bartholomew Ends with Arrest

Posted 1/7/2014 11:58 AM by MDGREGORY

Early this morning at approximately 2:20 a.m., a cell phone call was placed to 911but only voices in the background could be heard. A crying female’s voice was heard asking for help and she mentioned a firearm. A male’s voice was also heard before the call was disconnected.

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies were immediately dispatched to the area of the 7100 block of S. Bartholomew Rd. using only the coordinates of the cell phone since an actual address was not heard during the call. Soon after deputies began checking the location, they heard a male yelling and a female screaming from inside a small trailer located behind a barn. When they identified themselves, everything became quiet and no one would answer the door.

The Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and negotiators were called to the scene while deputies continued to try and make contact. Several more announcements were made using a PA system without any response. SWAT team members, fearing the female was in danger and being held against her will, forced entry into the trailer and successfully took the male, identified as 54-year-old Derwood J. Fannin, into custody without injury.

Detectives, investigating this incident, interviewed the adult female victim who was uninjured and cooperative. Fannin was charged with False Imprisonment (Domestic Violence) and addition charges are expected as the investigation continues.