Sirens & Gavels

Fugitive w/ shotgun captured by police

Two Spokane police officers chased down and arrested a wanted man who was armed with a sawed-off shotgun this week.

Officers Jeff McCollough and Terry Preuninger learned James D. Bacon, 23, (pictured) wanted for a felony drug violation and a Department of Corrections violation, was at the corner of Wellesley Avenue and Regal Street about 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Spokane Police Department.

They recognized him when they approached the intersection and ordered him to stop, but Bacon fled on foot, running a block before he slipped and fell on the snow behind a house, a news release said.

When the officers approached Bacon, they recognized him and ordered him to stop. Ignoring their commands, Bacon fled on foot, running a block before he slipped and fell on the snow behind a house, the news release said.

McCollough (left) and Preuninger (right) caught up to him and attempted to arrest him, but Bacon resisted, according to the release. Bacon had a can of pepper spray in a holster on his right hip and kept pulling at something on his left hip, police said. Preuninger got a hold of Bacon's hand and discovered he was trying to pull out a sawed-off shotgun he had concealed in his pants on his left hip.

Bacon is on probation for fourth-degree assault, according to news archives, and has other convictions for obstructing an officer and escape from community custody.

He appeared in Superior Court on Wednesday and remains in jail on $50,000 bond and a probation hold.

An initial report said the arrest happened Thursday because of incorrect information provided by police.




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