Port Angeles: Man with gun charged in police standoff

PORT ANGELES — A man with a handgun who locked himself and his elderly mother into their home Wednesday during a standoff with police has been charged with one felony and could face future charges.

John William Spradlin, 37, of 238 W. Sixth St., made his first appearance in Clallam County Superior Court on Thursday afternoon, seeming confused as to why he had been arrested.

“Why am I even here?” Spradlin asked Judge George L. Wood during the hearing.

Spradlin, a convicted felon, was charged with felony first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and is being held in the Clallam County jail on $50,000 cash bail.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Loren Oakley told Wood he expects to file an additional charge of unlawful imprisonment against Spradlin, but had not yet received the police reports from the incident.

Wood set Spradlin’s bail and prohibited him from having any contact with his mother.

“That’s insane,” Spradlin said when Wood explained his bail. “This is completely insane. I’m a crime victim.”

The judge set Spradlin’s arraignment for 9 a.m. Nov. 22 and said he has concerns about the man’s mental health.

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