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Police connect dots between four crimes committed in one night

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives have now determined that several events surrounding two shooting incidents last week are related. Three arrests have been made and several charges have been filed in relation to these incidences.

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While maintaining perimeter security at the shooting scene in the area of 1100 West Frederick, Officer Kris Honaker spotted the stolen Suburban drive past him. He immediately recognized this as the same Suburban stolen just minutes prior and made a traffic stop on the vehicle. Officer Honaker pulled the vehicle over in the area of Alice and Madison. As the officer exited his vehicle, Dawson leaned out the rear passenger's side window and fired shots directly at Officer Honaker, striking his patrol vehicle.

Tony E. Dawson, 20, has been charged with one count of Attempted First Degree Murder, one count of Attempted First Degree Robbery, one count of First Degree Robbery, three counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and ten counts of First Degree Assault.

Margaret D. Shults, 22, has been charged with one count of First Degree Robbery.

Greg Sharkey, 25, has been charged with one count of Attempted First Degree Robbery and one count of First Degree Robbery.

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