Standoff

A LifeLine Ambulance crew stands by on Pine Street during a standoff Friday, July 10, on nearby Dewberry Avenue. Omak Police Chief Jeff Koplin said his office was alerted around 12:30 p.m. that a man had been drinking and wouldn’t let his mother leave the house. Officers tried to talk to the suspect, Joshua Hanson, 24, Omak, in the home’s backyard, but Hanson returned to the house. The mother, whose name Koplin declined to release, was able to leave the house later. Officers communicated with the suspect by phone and text message. The man returned to the backyard and officers could see he wasn’t armed, so they took him into custody just before 3 p.m., Koplin said. Hanson was taken by ambulance to Mid-Valley Hospital for examination, then booked into the Okanogan County Jail on suspicion of fourth-degree assault-domestic violence, interfering with reporting domestic violence and two counts of felony harassment-threats to kill.

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