Man held after party broken up with gunfire
A 50-year-old Spokane man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of celebrating his birthday with too much gunfire.
Raymond Lee Thompson, 1927 E. Marshall Ave., was booked on a warrant charging him with three counts of first-degree assault and one count of riot.
He allegedly used a .22-caliber pistol to break up his Aug. 26 birthday party at 2229 E. Boone Ave. when a brawl broke out at 3:30 a.m.
Court documents indicate he didn’t hit anyone, but a car carrying some of his fleeing guests ran into the wife of the man who sold Thompson the gun two days earlier.
Maggie Sue Lewis, 46, and Jennifer G. Lewis, 22, also were charged with three counts of first-degree assault and one count of riot, but the assault charges against Maggie Lewis were quickly dismissed.
According to court documents, Maggie Lewis and Jennifer Lewis told the alleged victims — Monteya Oniece Smith, Dana M. Thomas and Delana R. Smith — to leave. Jennifer Lewis allegedly punched Monteya Smith in the face, and Smith punched back.
Other people joined the ensuing brawl, which spilled onto the front lawn, and Thompson allegedly mediated with bullets. Monteya Smith got to her car and sped away with Thompson in pursuit, according to witness accounts cited in court documents.
Thomas Stokes, the man from whom Thompson reportedly bought his gun, told police an unknown man exchanged gunfire with Thompson — who began shooting while he was still in the house. Court documents say Stokes’ wife, Sharmilla Stokes, was hit when the getaway car did a U-turn to pick up two more fleeing guests.
“I didn’t do anything, I didn’t do anything,” Thompson allegedly yelled at police when they arrived.