September 25, 2013 in City

Two men arrested following Hillyard shooting

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Two men were booked into the Spokane County Jail on Wednesday morning following a shooting in Hillyard that police are investigating as gang-related.

Jayme Rodgers, 22, and Thomas Weatherwax, 25, both face charges of drive-by-shooting and first-degree assault after shots were fired near a convenience store at 5803 N. Market St. around 10:55 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Spokane Police Department news release. No injuries were reported.

Police arrested Rodgers following a brief search of the area. Weatherwax hid in the attic of a home near Perry Street and Rowan Avenue before being persuaded to surrender by hostage negotiators and a SWAT team overnight, according to Spokane Police.

A search of the home where Weatherwax was hiding and a car tied to Rodgers yielded two guns, one of them stolen, according to police. More charges are expected in the case.

Police think a spat at the convenience store sparked the shooting. Rodgers was expected to make a first-appearance in Spokane County Superior Court on the charges at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

All suspects in the incident are thought to be in custody, Spokane Police said.

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