PORT ANGELES — A 72-year-old man remained in the Clallam County jail on Sunday after he was booked Friday night following hours of negotiation by law enforcement during a standoff at the Monroe Street Estates RV Park in Port Angeles.
Charles V. Smith is being held for investigation of first-degree assault-domestic violence. No bond had been set as of Sunday.
Smith allegedly assaulted his wife and then barricaded himself in their residence on Friday afternoon, according to a press release from the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, which was released after the incident ended at about 10:30 p.m.
Deputies were called to the 2000 block of East U.S. Highway 101 at about 2:30 p.m. Friday after a woman reported that her husband physically assaulted her and then pointed a firearm at her face in the residence they shared.
She was able to flee the dwelling into the protection of deputies, the sheriff’s office reported. She was not injured.
Smith remained in the residence armed with a semi-automatic pistol and refused to engage with crisis negotiators from the Port Angeles Police Department and the sheriff’s office.
They contacted him by phone several times, attempting to de-escalate the situation with crisis intervention techniques, deputies said. He continued to make threats, according to Sheriff Brian King and so the State Patrol Special Weapons and Tactics team and members of the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team also were called to the scene.
After hours of attempted negotiations and repeated unsuccessful attempts to encourage Smith to surrender, law enforcement deployed pepper spray canisters and he finally surrendered without incident, deputies said.
Nearby Roosevelt Elementary was placed in lockdown at 2:39 p.m. Friday despite it being after the end of the school day at 2 p.m. No students were there. The lockdown ended later in the day, according to school officials.