(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
WDFW officers have confirmed one deceased individual in a barricaded residence in Ferry County.
Shots were fired as WDFW officers were serving a warrent south of Curlew in Ferry County on Friday morning, sparking a standoff situation. The state wildlife agency called in Spokane County SWAT and other agencies to deal with the situation.
According to a WDFW spokesperson, WDFW officers were serving a warrant at roughly 10 a.m. for wildlife trafficking and illegal hunting violations, when an altercation broke out and shots were fired. Two people were in the residence. No officers were injured.
Initial information release said that shots were fired at officers but WDFW later clarified that the shooting was not directed towards law enforcement.
“After making contact, the officers heard what they believed to be a gunshot inside the residence, which contained two individuals,” a WDFW statement said. “One individual complied with officer directions to exit the residence, while the second did not.”
The Washington State Patrol/WDFW chaplain and Ferry County coroner were on scene.
Armored vehicles and a helicopter was also called in as well as dozens of law enforcement vehicles that took Highway 395 as their main route from the Spokane area. The Spokesman Review is reporting that SWAT team members were deployed also by helicopter.
“We’d like to thank Spokane and Ferry county sheriff’s offices for working with us on this incident,” the WDFW released in a statement.