Dubois, Wayne
Incident Debrief: Jonah Lane Hostage Rescue

This debrief will detail an incident in Benton City, Washington, where an emotionally disturbed convicted felon took his girlfriend hostage. Initially, on-duty SWAT team members from the Tri-City Regional SWAT Team responded to deal with the armed suicidal male, who had his girlfriend inside the residence with him. As they tried to get her to exit, the male, armed with a handgun, refused to let her go. The team implemented various tactics, culminating with a sniper taking a shot of opportunity. The efforts of the CNT element and their immediate passage of critical information were integral in resolving this situation. The presenter will discuss aspects of emotional intelligence relating to this incident.

Wayne Dubois - Bio
Wayne is currently the Undersheriff at the Flathead County (MT) Sheriff's Office. He also serves as the SWAT commander of a regional SWAT team. Previously, Wayne was a police officer in Washington State from 1996 to 2019 and an active SWAT team member from 1998 to 2019. He was a team leader for his regional SWAT team from 2005 to 2019.

DuBois is an instructor in numerous SWAT disciplines, instructing both his team and regionally for the Washington State Tactical Officers Association (WSTOA) from 2002 to 2017. During that time, he served as the President and as a lead instructor for the WSTOA. He was named SWAT Officer of the Year and Police Officer of the Year and was awarded the Medal of Valor. DuBois serves as a Western Region Director for the National Tactical Officers Association and instructs in the NTOA's Command Cadre. DuBois holds an M.A. in Executive Leadership from Liberty University.

Before law enforcement, he served four years on active duty as a ground surveillance systems operator in the U.S. Army, including deployment to Southwest Asia for six months during Operation Desert Shield & Storm.