Man arrested by SWAT aided by Chief Joseph resident


The two men arrested in the standoff ended by Whitman County SWAT yesterday morning were apprehended in different locations at the complex.

According to Assistant Chief Steve Hansen, WSU police tried to pull over a car that was speeding. The driver, a 17-year-old, fled into Chief Joseph Village university housing.

The suspect went to hide in building C and enlisted the help of Jason Fuhr-Turner, a resident.

The suspects fled to the C building and, while police were making a perimeter around the building, fled again, making their way to building E.

SWAT was called in for assistance after officers found a knife that had been dropped by one of the suspects.

The 17-year-old suspect was let inside one of the apartments in building E while Fuhr-Turner fled from police. Fuhr-Turner was apprehended by police near building C.

Police knocked on the door of the apartment where the 17-year-old suspect was hiding and did not get an answer. SWAT then made their way into the apartment.

“It’s safe to say the suspect was not a stranger to one of the residents in that apartment,” said Hansen.

Neither suspect is a WSU student and both are residents of Seattle.

The 17-year-old had two warrants in Colfax and King County prior to his arrest and was charged with two obstructions. The 20-year-old was charged with rendering criminal assistance.