Deputy shoots wanted suspect in N. Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. — A Spokane County deputy shot and injured a wanted suspect in N. Spokane early Sunday morning.

Spokane County Undersheriff John Nowels said deputies were contacting the man because he had warrants out for his arrest. According to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect had one confirmed felony and two misdemeanor warrants.

Earlier in the day, deputies received information that a wanted suspect was at a storage unit located near East Lyons Avenue and North Pittsburgh Road.

“At that point, the suspect emerged from the bed of the pickup truck, did not comply with commands, jumped into the pickup truck, put the pickup truck in gear, revved the engine, and reversed towards the second deputy, who was on foot behind the vehicle,” Nowels said.

The suspect almost pinned a deputy between the truck and a wall in the storage unit.
Shots were fired from the deputy, hitting the suspect.

“More commands were given as the suspect was down inside the vehicle. After not complying with any commands, at that point, the suspect reemerged in the driver’s seat, and put the vehicle back in gear. Additional shots were fired,” Nowels said.

The truck moved forward and ran into the storage building.

The suspect, who had not been identified publicly, was hit and taken to the hospital. Police say the suspect is seriously injured. The condition of the suspect is unknown as of now.

No deputies were injured. SCSO says they will release the name of the deputy who shot the gun at a later date.

The Spokane Independent Investigative Response (SIIR) Team is investigating Sunday’s incident. The Spokane Police Department is the case managing agency in the case. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the Spokane Valley Police Department will not be involved in the investigation.

The case will be sent to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office once SIIR is done investigating.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story misidentified the neighborhood in which the shooting took place.

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