Second man arrested in officer stabbing

FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2009, 7:59 P.M.

The man wanted in connection with a stabbing of an off-duty Spokane police officer two weeks ago was arrested Friday night.

Gyles “Shannon” Dogskin, 23, faces a charge of first-degree rendering criminal assistance after police say he ran away with the knife that Kenneth J. Kheel, 19, is accused of using to stab Sgt. Brad Thoma on Jan. 23.

Thoma was leaving the Steam Plant Grill that night with his fiancee, Spokane Police Officer Amy Ross, and a friend when the three were confronted by Kheel and Dogskin, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Kheel allegedly stabbed Thoma in the face with a knife and was arrested, but Dogskin fled with the weapon, according to the sheriff’s office.

He was arrested about 7 p.m. Friday at the Maplehurst Apartments, 405 S. Maple St., by officers acting on a tip, according to a news release.

Dogskin was booked into the Spokane County Jail, where Kheel remains on a first-degree assault charge with bond set at $50,000.

Thoma was treated and released from a hospital and is back at work.

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