SWAT Team Successfully Arrests Wanted Suspect
After He Refuses to Exit Residence
Spokane Valley SWAT Team members entered the residence of a defiant wanted suspect and successfully took him into custody without anyone being injured. The suspect, 48-year-old Sean J. O’Connor, who’s been known to be armed and has made threats toward law enforcement was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail.
Last night, at approximately 8:35 p.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a residence located in the 7000 block of E. 6th Ave. for a report of a suspect with a warrant. Deputies learned O’Conner, who has made threats to harm law enforcement, was wanted for two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and believed to be inside the residence.
At the location, Deputies observed a male believed to be O’Connor, inside the home and attempted to make contact. Several announcements made over the patrol vehicle’s PA system went unanswered.
Spokane Valley SWAT, Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT), and Spokane Valley Fire Rescue Task Force members were called to the scene. SCOPE SIRT Team volunteers also responded to assist with traffic control in the area.
With O’Connor continuing to ignore commands and failure to peacefully surrender, a search warrant for the residence was requested and obtained.
After multiple additional attempts to contact O’Connor were unsuccessful, SWAT Team members implemented their tactical plan and made entry into the residence. O’Connor was located inside and safely taken into custody without injury.
O’Connor was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (2 counts), Unlawful Use of a Building for Drug Purposes and Obstructing Law Enforcement.
This conclusion was made possible by multiple teams and agencies who worked together, developing a well thought out plan and safely implementing that plan to end a dangerous situation with the arrest of the suspect without injury to him, citizens in the area, or law enforcement/fire personnel.