SWAT Team Ends Standoff In Coeur d'Alene

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A standoff in Coeur d’Alene ended with an arrest the night of July 1 after a SWAT team forced its way into the home of a man suspected of aggravated assault.

According to the Coeur d’Alene Press, Michael Nixon, 31, was holed up for nine hours as “nearly every law enforcement agency in Kootenai County” surrounded his house, located in a residential neighborhood off Interstate 90.

Police officials told the Press that Nixon allegedly held a young female—believed to be his niece—against her will for several hours and is believed to have sexually assaulted her. It wasn’t until Nixon fell asleep that she was able to escape.

Officers reported they had reason to believe Nixon was armed and had experience with weapons. The standoff began at about 1 p.m. and included use of a robot in an attempt to communicate with the suspect.

When SWAT members entered the house at about 10 p.m., they found that Nixon had injured himself in some way—according to the Press, he may have slit his own wrists, but police were unable to confirm that due to a gas leak they discovered during the raid and which had to be dealt with immediately.

Nixon, whose injury was non-life threatening, was taken to Kootenai Medical Center for treatment.