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Man shot at by Spokane Police on South Hill on Saturday denied release, will face charges in Montana

UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019

A Spokane police officer shot at but did not hit a wanted person on the lower South Hill on Saturday afternoon. No one was hurt and the suspect, identified Monday as 46-year-old Charles Edward Jackson Jr., was arrested. On Monday, Jackson was denied release to return to Montana to answer for probation violations stemming from a reported shooting in 2011. (Will Campbell / The Spokesman-Review)
A Spokane police officer shot at but did not hit a wanted person on the lower South Hill on Saturday afternoon. No one was hurt and the suspect, identified Monday as 46-year-old Charles Edward Jackson Jr., was arrested. On Monday, Jackson was denied release to return to Montana to answer for probation violations stemming from a reported shooting in 2011. (Will Campbell / The Spokesman-Review)

A federal judge on Monday denied a request to return to Montana by the man shot at by a Spokane police officer on the South Hill this weekend.

Charles Edward Jackson Jr., 46, was ordered to stay in custody of U.S. Marshals before extradition east following a brief appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Rodgers. Jackson, appearing in a yellow Spokane County Jail jumpsuit and with chains around his ankles, told Rodgers through his lawyer that he had $40 in his wallet to catch a Greyhound bus back to Great Falls, where he stands accused of probation violations stemming from federal weapons charges filed in 2011.

Rodgers denied the request, noting during the hearing that he approved leg restraints “based on allegations of recent behavior.”

“You run, and you’ve been threatening,” Rodgers said before denying the request to release Jackson.

Police haven’t released details about what led an officer to fire on Jackson, beyond a statement released Saturday night that “what appears to be a replica firearm” was found near Jackson. No other officers, nor Jackson, was hit when the officer, who hasn’t been named, fired.

Jackson was booked into Spokane County Jail just after 7 p.m. Saturday, according to jail records, about four hours after police said they initially began chasing him near Sixth Avenue and Maple Street. The investigation closed South Hill streets in the vicinity for several hours Saturday night after Jackson was arrested without incident three blocks to the south.

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response team is investigating the incident, with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office leading the investigation. Deputy Mark Gregory, a spokesman for the office, said there were no new details available for public release Monday.

The hearing Monday was held to determine how Jackson would be returned to Montana, where he faces allegations of failing drug tests and not meeting with his parole officer as required following release from prison on the gun charges. Jackson’s criminal history dates back to the mid-1990s in Spokane, when he was sentenced to 10 years in prison after admitting to shooting another man during an argument at a home in north Spokane, according to court records.

Jackson later relocated to Great Falls, where in October 2011 authorities allege he fired a .357 revolver he owned illegally out of a home at someone who was speaking with a police officer, according to court records. He was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to another eight years in prison. He’s been in Spokane since March, according to authorities.

U.S. Assistant Attorney Ann Wick argued that the Montana episode, along with the footchase and shooting now under investigation, showed Jackson should not be released from custody. Wick also mentioned in the hearing that Jackson was interviewed by sheriff’s deputies after the South Hill incident and repeated violent threats he’d made against law enforcement and his probation officer.

The shooting incident Saturday was captured by body cameras, according to Spokane police.

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