Officers and Clinicians with the Behavior Health Unit Apprehend Subject Responsible for Threats to Spokane Libraries.
Spokane Police Department
SPOKANE -- On Saturday, November 13, Spokane Police Department learned of threats made on social media directed at the Spokane Public Libraries. SPD began investigating and was able to identify the individual responsible.
The investigation showed the person has a history of mental health episodes, which officers determined likely contributed to the subject’s threats.
On Monday, November 15, Spokane Police Department officers and clinicians with the Behavioral Health Unit found and apprehended the individual who was taken to a medical facility for a compelled mental health evaluation.
Officers frequently encounter situations where a person’s criminal behavior is tied to mental health issues. Officers evaluate each incident and determine the best available remedy with the goal of connecting the person to resources and protecting the public from harm.
The Behavioral Health Unit is made up of Spokane Police Department officers, Spokane County Sheriff deputies, and Frontier Behavioral Health responders. The program pairs law enforcement with mental health clinicians in order to address behavior rooted in mental illness that could present a danger to the person and the public.