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Man gets 6 1/2 years in prison for pointing gun at Taco Bell employees, shooting at couple at Riverfront Park

Brumfield  (Courtesy of Spokane Police Department)

A 27-year-old man who last year pointed a gun at downtown Spokane Taco Bell employees and, minutes later, shot at a couple in Riverfront Park was sentenced to 6½ years in prison.

Matthew Brumfield pleaded guilty Oct. 30 to four counts of second-degree assault and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver before Spokane County Superior Court Judge Charnelle Bjelkengren sentenced him to 79 months in prison.

No one was shot during the incidents on Aug. 17, 2022.

A shift manager at Taco Bell, 825 W. Third Ave., told police that at about 6:45 p.m., a fellow employee informed her that an unruly customer was complaining about a refund for his food in the parking lot.

She and an employee went outside to tell the customer to leave, she said in court documents. The man refused to leave and continued to scream at her, so she acted as if she was calling the police on her cell phone.

As she made the fake call, she said another man, later identified as Brumfield, driving an older white Ford Ranger pickup truck pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at her and the other employee. Brumfield also yelled something like, “I’ll blast you.”

Brumfield continued to point the gun at the employees as he drove out of the parking lot, and two other vehicles followed, she said in documents.

Minutes later, police responded to a drive-by shooting at Riverfront Park.

A woman told police she and her boyfriend were sitting on the grass near the Rotary Fountain at the park when a gray sedan and a white Ranger pickup pulled over to the curb along Spokane Falls Boulevard.

The witness said she believed the couple were arguing. She and her boyfriend told police they saw Brumfield exit the Ranger and strike the woman in the face multiple times.

She said she and her boyfriend yelled at Brumfield and told him they were calling the police.

The couple told police Brumfield then pulled out a black handgun from his waistband and shot at them one time. Brumfield and the woman then sped off.

Police found a bullet hole in a metal door at the park’s maintenance/storage room, according to documents.

Police linked Brumfield to the crimes based on the short time span between the Taco Bell and park incidents and that the vehicle and suspect description at both locations matched, they wrote in documents. Officers seized meth from the pickup truck.

Brumfield will serve 18 months of community custody when he’s released from prison.