Car theft suspect fires on officer - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Car theft suspect fires on officer

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are searching for two armed suspects after an officer was fired at while attempting to stop a stolen vehicle.

Police say the incident started just after 5 a.m. when a woman was warming up her Suburban in the driveway of a home in the 1600 block of E. Rowan. She had gone back inside her home, when the suspects got into her vehicle and drove it away.

A Spokane officer maintaining perimeter security after a shooting Tuesday night on W. Frederick spotted the Suburban. Recognizing the Suburban as stolen, the officer then attempted to stop the vehicle.

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The officer was uninjured but his car was struck by a few rounds in the early morning shooting

When the suspect car pulled over, one of the suspects inside opened fire and was able to get off three rounds before driving off. The officer was not struck in the shooting but his car was hit by a few rounds.

Police believe the gunman may have been involved in an attempted car theft about 20 minutes before the Suburban was stolen. In that attempted theft, a woman was inside her car in the 1100 block of East Sanson. She was approached by male suspects who smashed the driver's side window in an attempt to steal her car. They assaulted her with the grip of a handgun, but she was able to drive her vehicle away, getting away from the suspects.

After the shooting at the officer, the suspects in the Suburban fled the scene.

Police found the Suburban short time later at Lincoln and Dalton, where officers say two suspects ditched the car and began running on foot.

A K9 unit was called in an attempt to track the suspects, but it was unsuccessful.

Police are continuing to search for the suspects.

The officer was maintaining perimeter security after a Tuesday night shooting near Frederick and Madison in which an 18-year-old was shot. That teen was taken to the hospital and is said to be in critical condition.

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