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Suspect found dead: St. John standoff ends after 5-year-old released


April 25, 2019

A day-long standoff in St. John ended late Tuesday when officers entered a residence in St. John and discovered the suspect, Justin P. Robertson, 41, dead. He reportedly had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Robertson at about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday turned over his son, Ethan, to officers at the scene and was believed to have taken his own life later in the day.

Five-year-old Ethan was the subject of an AMBER Alert issued by Spokane Valley Police early Tuesday when Robertson reportedly entered the residence of his estranged wife, Melissa, at about 5 a.m., stabbed her multiple times and...

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