Man arrested after showing up with a gun to the home of a woman who had received a protection order against him, Spokane police say
Spokane police arrested a man on Thursday after he showed up with a gun at the home of a woman who had a protection order against him, officers said.
Police responded to a reported burglary on the 1200 block of East Lacrosse Avenue just after 1 p.m., according to a press release from the Spokane Police Department.
Shortly after arriving, police determined it was not a burglary but an incident of domestic violence and identified the suspect as Dennis McElyea, 38. The resident of the house had a protection order against him.
The woman and her two young children were safely removed from the home, police said.
As she left the house, she told police McElyea was in the basement with a gun.
Officers said they made announcements asking McElyea to come out, but he did not respond. The police then issued an emergency alert asking citizens to stay inside.
SWAT and hostage negotiation teams were also called in, but soon after, McElyea came to the door. He was then taken into police custody.
A search of the house revealed a gun inside the house where the woman said it would be.
It was just the latest in a series of incidents with McElyea violating the protection order, court documents show.
In April, he reportedly punctured the woman’s tires after the couple argued in the parking lot of a South Hill Goodwill.
In May, he infiltrated the home of the victim’s parents where she was residing, court records show. He then called her and texted her several times, according to court documents.
Weeks later, McElyea allegedly stole the woman’s phone, court records show.
McElyea is a four-time convicted felon, including several counts of assault.
He made his first appearance Friday on six counts of violating a protection order, unlawful possession of a firearm, first degree burglary and second degree theft.
His bond was set at $ 500,000.