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Posted on: October 19, 2023

[ARCHIVED] UAS Assists Deputies with Locating an Injured DV Suspect

PR 2023

UAS Assists Deputies with Locating an Injured DV Suspect

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies searched a wooded area near I-90 and S. Grove Road for a possibly injured and armed Domestic Violence (DV) suspect, with the assistance of a UAS (Unmanned Aerial System).  The suspect was located, taken into custody, and later booked into jail for Violation of a Protection Order with Assault (DV) and a warrant for Violation of a Protection Order (DV).  

On October 18, 2023, at approximately 7:00 pm, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a domestic violence incident report near I-90 and S. Grove Road.    

An AMR employee reported he was flagged down by an adult male who stated his ex-husband attacked him.   He told AMR staff the suspect was armed with a utility knife and scissors, bleeding from cuts, and last seen in a wooded area just off the roadway.

Arriving Deputies spoke with the victim, who said he was involved in a physical altercation with the suspect, identified as 51-year-old Michael P. Powers.  He believed that Powers was injured during the incident and did not know where he was but thought he might be seriously injured.  

With the possibility Powers was injured, armed, and in a dark, wooded area with thick underbrush, a Deputy with a UAS was requested to assist in the search.  Deputies began searching and located a damaged camping tent, items strewn around the immediate area, and what appeared to be blood drops around the campsite, but Powers was not found.  

During an interview, the victim’s account continually changed, and he seemed unable to focus on the topic.   He was detained as the search for Powers continued.  

Just before 9:00 pm, the UAS operator, using the infrared camera system, located Powers and guided Deputies to his location.  Powers, who was injured, provided medical attention and was safely detained.      

 When speaking with Powers and the victim, information received was inconstant, incomplete, and/or unanswered, leaving an unclear account of what occurred during this physical altercation.  

A check of Powers’ name revealed a Protection Order (DV) between the parties and that he had an active misdemeanor warrant- Violating a Protection Order (DV) for his arrest.  He was provided medical treatment for his injuries before being booked into the Spokane County Jail for a new charge of Violation of a Protection Order with Violence and his warrant.

Following the investigation, the victim was released without charges.  

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