A Spokane County corrections officer fired his gun at Deaconess Hospital early Monday when a prisoner awaiting surgery allegedly attempted to escape, police said.
Authorities identified the man who tried to escape as Cameron A. Trevino, 26, later Monday morning. Trevino was booked into Spokane County Jail on Friday, facing charges of first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm after an incident in which he allegedly pointed a gun at an associate over a dispute about drugs, according to court documents. Trevino tried to ditch his firearm in some bushes, investigators said, but he was arrested and the gun was found.
Trevino was awaiting surgery around 2 a.m. on the eighth floor of the hospital Monday when he attempted to escape, a news release from the Spokane Police Department said. The corrections officer and Trevino ended up on the fourth floor where there was an “altercation,” the release said. The officer fired his gun, but Trevino was not hit. Trevino was taken back into custody.
Trevino’s criminal history includes a burglary conviction out of Grant County, according to federal court documents, and he has “an extensive tribal history,” according to federal authorities.
It is not the first time he’s been picked up on a firearm violation. Trevino was arrested during a traffic stop on Colville tribal territory in October 2010, a few months after his conviction for burglary in Grant County. Officers discovered several firearms in the car Trevino was driving, and a later search of his residence revealed drugs, according to court documents.
Trevino was ordered to spend 16 months in federal prison, with credit given for time served, in October 2011. He was also placed on three years’ probation. He was accused of violating the conditions of his release in July 2013, after Colville tribal police officers uncovered evidence of theft. Trevino was scheduled to appear in federal court to answer those charges later this month, according to court records.
The man who Trevino allegedly pointed a gun at told police Friday he was a gang member, and that Trevino was an associate, according to court documents.
The eighth floor of Deaconess houses the pediatrics unit. Outpatient services, including radiology, ultrasounds and Deaconess’ heart center, are handled on the fourth floor.
Hospital workers referred all questions to the medical center’s public relations staff Monday morning. Services at Deaconess will not be affected by the shooting as investigators have already cleared the scene, according to the news release.
The Spokane Police Department is the managing agency in this incident, the release said.
Authorities are determining whether Trevino will face additional charges for the alleged escape attempt.