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Spokane deputies shot in North Spokane

Two Spokane deputies were shot shortly after 4 p.m. near Newport Highway and East Elm Road, about a half mile north of the Y, Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

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Colin Mulvany - The Spokesman-Review

Police respond to the scene at Division Street and Graves Road near RVs Northwest where two Spokane sheriff’s deputies were shot, Tuesday, June 19, 2012.


The incident began around 4:18 p.m. when the deputies, who patrol the north county area, pulled over a Chevy Suburban at Newport Highway and East Elm Street. Within 10 to 12 seconds the deputies were fired on, and both were hit, said Sgt. Dave Reagan of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Eyewitnesses said they heard about 10 shots shortly after 4 p.m. and then saw the deputies on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds.

Staff reports, The Spokesman-Review

Tyler Tjomsland - The Spokesman-Review

One of two deputies who was shot and critically wounded on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, is rolled into the emergency room at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.


The deputies, described as seasoned law enforcement veterans, are in stable condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center, where one has had surgery for his wounds. “The deputies were doing what they do best: stopping someone they believe might be a problem,” Sgt. Dave Reagan of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said.

Staff reports, The Spokesman-Review

Colin Mulvany - The Spokesman-Review

Spokane police officers and a K-9 unit dog canvas the neighborhood on Graves Road where a suspect, who shot two Spokane County sheriff’s deputies, had abandoned his SUV and fled the scene.


Colin Mulvany - The Spokesman-Review

A suspect who shot two Spokane County sheriff’s deputies abandoned his Chevy Suburban on Graves Road at Division Street Tuesday, June 19, 2012.


Washington state Department of Corrections

This photo released by Washington state Department of Corrections shows Charles Wallace, 41. Charles R. Wallace was awaiting trial on heroin trafficking charges.


The suspect that police chased is Charles R. Wallace, 41, who was indicted just a month ago on federal charges connected to a heroin distribution ring that authorities allege supplied at least 100 grams of the drug. He led police on a high-speed chase north on U.S. Highway 2 toward Deer Park, racing northbound in the southbound lanes.

Staff reports, The Spokesman-Review

Colin Mulvany - The Spokesman-Review

After word comes in that the shooting suspect was fleeing police near Deer Park, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich quickly leaves the scene where the suspect had abandoned his vehicle on Graves Rd and U.S. Highway 395.


As police closed in on a suspect in the shooting of two Spokane County sheriff’s deputies today, the suspect fired repeatedly at pursuing cars, then shot himself in Deer Park at U.S. Highway 395 and Crawford Road.

Staff reports, The Spokesman-Review

Colin Mulvany - The Spokesman-Review

As police closed in on a suspect in the shooting of two Spokane County sheriff’s deputies today, the suspect fired repeatedly at pursuing cars, then shot himself in Deer Park at U.S. Highway 395 and Crawford Road. The Honda Accord the suspect drove is at far left.


Police were searching for at least two other people who may have been with Wallace at the time of the shooting. They searched several neighborhoods Tuesday evening, and a SWAT team had a standoff on the 900 block of East Princeton Avenue. However, it was unclear whether any arrests were made in connection to the shooting.

Staff reports, The Spokesman-Review

Tyler Tjomsland - The Spokesman-Review

An officer observes a house on the 900 block of East Princeton from behind a parked car.


Tyler Tjomsland - The Spokesman-Review

Nate Thompson of Spokane gets caught up in the mix as officials set up a perimeter around a home on the 900 block of East Princeton on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. Thompson, who sported a shirt saying ” It’s all fun and games until the cops show up” went into a home to check on his aunt, and was briefly handcuffed after he left the home.


Tyler Tjomsland - The Spokesman-Review

A group of boys ended up in the middle of the action as law enforcement officials set up a perimeter around a home on the 900 block of East Princeton.


Tyler Tjomsland - The Spokesman-Review

A Spokane police officer responds to the 900 block of East Princeton on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.


Tyler Tjomsland - The Spokesman-Review

Rescue officials watch as a SWAT team descends on a house on the 900 block of East Princeton from behind a parked car.


Tyler Tjomsland - The Spokesman-Review

Bystanders snap photos and smoke cigarettes as a SWAT team descends on a house on the 900 block of East Princeton.


Tyler Tjomsland - The Spokesman-Review

Officers map out the scene where a two deputies where shot a at the intersection of Newport Highway and East Elm on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, in North Spokane, Wash.


Courtesy of the Spokane Police Department

The deputies shot, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, were Matt Spink, left, and Mike Northway, right, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said during an afternoon press conference on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Both deputies are still in the hospital.

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