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Posted on: November 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Convicted Felon Arrested for Residential Burglary


Convicted Felon Arrested for Residential Burglary


Last night, with the assistance of SWAT Team members, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies successfully and peacefully took a convicted felon into custody, charging him with Residential Burglary.  


On November 12, 2020, at approximately 9:00 pm., Spokane County Deputies responded to a residence in the 2200 block of E. Weile Ave. in Spokane County.  


I residents stated a male, identified as 46-year-old Otis C. Shaw, entered the home through a closed, but unlocked door.  Otis did not have permission to enter and appeared to be armed with a pistol tucked in his waistband.  He asked for one of the residents/victims, who wasn’t home.  Before he left, he said he had a message for her (the victim), and she needed to call him immediately when she returned.  


When the victim returned, she called Otis.  He answered, saying, “You owe me $100, (inappropriate name)!”.  The victim told Deputies Otis sounded high or drunk.  


Assisting on the call, Deputies began to check known locations for Otis’ vehicle.   It was soon located at a residence located in the 2900 block of E. Decatur.  Deputies knocked on the door and a female, later identified as 30-year-old Niama M. Shaw. Niama answered but then closed the door, telling Deputies to go away.  


Soon after, a Deputy watching the back of the building observed Niama exit the slider of the residence.  Not knowing Niama’s identity or if she was involved in the incident, the Deputy contacted her.  Niama raised both hands and flipped the Deputy off, claiming he wanted to shoot her.   She turned and started to run.  The Deputy told her to stop and grabbed both her arms to detain her, but Niama began yelling profanities as she flailed around.


Niama continued to try and pull away as she yelled profanities, continuing to resist.  She was eventually placed in a patrol car as the investigation continued.  She was advised she was under arrest for obstructing.


Otis was observed through a window attempting to hide in the bathroom.  A search warrant for the residence was requested and obtained.  With Otis’ criminal history showing violent felony convictions for Robbery 1st Degree, Robbery 2nd Degree, and Assault 2nd Degree, his unwillingness to surrender, and with the information, he appeared to be armed at the Decatur residence; SWAT was requested to assist with the warrant serves.   


After several PA announcements and SWAT’s arrival, Otis finally exited the residence and was taken into custody without further incident.  After being advised of his rights, Otis declined to answer questions.   


Another female, who was also inside the residence, was detained.  She was released without charges after determining she was not involved in any of the crimes being investigated.    


A search of the residence and Otis’ vehicle to locate the handgun described by the victims was unsuccessful.  

Otis and Niama were transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail.  Otis was charged with Residential Burglary, and Niama was charged with Obstructing Law Enforcement.     

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