March 6, 2014 in City

Police: Woman shot by SWAT officers wanted ‘suicide by cop’

“I have a pistol in my hand and I’m not surrendering,” Bonnie Ulrick said to police
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A woman shot in the hand by members of the Spokane County Sheriff’s SWAT team during a motel standoff Tuesday morning told officers she would not surrender, according to court documents.

Bonnie Ulrick, 37, was listed in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Wednesday, about 36 hours after she pointed a pistol at officers posted outside a Motel 6 room in Spokane Valley where she barricaded herself with fellow fugitive Eric Heil, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“The two have threatened to shoot it out with law enforcement - suicide by cop - instead of going back to prison,” wrote investigators requesting a warrant to enter the motel room.

The pair were wanted out of Flathead County on felony warrants, according to court documents. Deputies tracked the couple using cellphone signals to the motel at 1919 N. Hutchinson Road, where they found a black Jeep reported stolen out of Kalispell, Mont.

Ulrick’s arrest history includes charges of assault and weapons violations, investigators said. Heil, 32, was wanted on a burglary warrant.

When police initially made contact with Ulrick by phone, she denied going by the name Bonnie, according to court documents. When asked to step out of the room, Ulrick replied she would not, that she was armed with a pistol and would shoot herself, according to court documents. She also said she would not surrender and “knew it was going to end badly,” according to court documents.

A SWAT marksman fired the shot that struck Ulrick and wounded both her hands, according to court documents. At the shooting scene Tuesday, investigators had taped off a van where a sniper was posted in the parking lot of an adjacent building.

Heil and Ulrick used a mattress to barricade themselves in the room, which was still visible Tuesday as investigators cleared the scene. SWAT members used gas and took out an exterior wall in an attempt to enter the motel room, according to court documents.

Heil appeared in Spokane Superior Court on Wednesday, where he did not argue the charges against him. The court plans to extradite him to Montana to face the charges in Flathead County.

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team is investigating the incident. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will release the names of deputies involved in the shooting per agency protocol.


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