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Man arrested downtown with gun after shots fired

Spokane police arrested two men on gun and drug charges after they heard gunshots downtown late Wednesday.

Officers Michael Schneider and Cory Lyons were on patrol downtown around 11:30 p.m. when they heard a gun shot in the alley north of Riverside Avenue between Washington and Stevens streets.

Two men leaving the alley were ordered to stop and put their hands up. Only one complied. The other, later identified as Jason Bagge, 37, of Spokane, reached for his front pocket. Schneider ordered him again to put his hands up and and he complied.

Both men were handcuffed. Bagge told officers he fired a shot, a news release from the police department said. Schneider found a revolver on the other man, later identified as Mathew Vigil, 31, of Spokane Valley, while walking him to the patrol car, the release said.

Vigil was found to be a convicted felon. Police searched him and found illegal pills, cocaine and a large amount of cash. They found a pair of brass knuckles on Bagge. No gunshot victim was found.

Bagge was arrested on suspicion of possession of a dangerous weapon. Vigil was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a firearm.



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