June 30, 2010 in City

High bonds set for suspects in Hoopfest shooting

‘Tremendous risk’ cited
By The Spokesman-Review

A Spokane police officer pulled his gun on a suspected accomplice in Saturday’s shooting at Hoopfest but didn’t fire because of the crowd, leading to what he described in court documents as a violent struggle with the teenager.

Those allegations contributed to a judge ordering Adam Doe and suspected gunman Miguel C. Garcia, both 19, held on combined bonds of nearly $1 million Tuesday after brief court appearances via video from the jail, where they have been held since Saturday.

Doe’s bond is $200,000 on charges of third-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. Garcia’s bond is $750,000 on three counts of first-degree assault.

Doe’s public defender asked for a bond of $15,000 to $20,000; Garcia’s public defender didn’t ask for a lower bond.

Spokane County District Court Judge Debra Hayes noted that Doe’s mother has said he isn’t welcome at home and called the men a “tremendous risk to this community and many innocent and defenseless bystanders.”

Garcia and Doe were arrested just after police swarmed the shooting scene near Spokane Falls Boulevard and Howard Street, aided by an off-duty detective who witnessed the gunfire. Police said it was a confrontation between rival gangs.

Doe’s family attended Tuesday’s court hearing but declined comment. A man who identified himself as a family friend described Doe as “a good kid” who never appeared to be involved in gang activity.

Victims Kara Meyer, 22, and Lexus Harding, 19, also attended the hearing. The women said they’re recovering well from gunshots to Meyer’s right foot and Harding’s lower left leg.

Doe’s public defender, Dennis Dressler, said Tuesday that he was in the midst of settling assault and riot charges against Doe for a gang-related stabbing in October outside a downtown nightclub when his client returned to jail last weekend.

Officer Jerry Anderson pulled his gun on Doe after he said Doe appeared to be pulling a firearm from his right pants pocket, according to court documents. But Anderson “did not discharge his weapon because he believed he was too close to uninvolved civilians” and instead grabbed Doe, leading to a struggle in which Doe threw a handgun on the ground before Anderson put him in a headlock.

Doe has no felony or misdemeanor convictions. Garcia has a felony conviction for second-degree assault.

Also arrested in connection with the incident were Marquis D. Johnson on a probation violation and Tyrone J. Carell, 21, and Kalen Bedford, 19, who were ticketed for misdemeanor disorderly conduct and are not in jail.

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