Two Sheriff's Deputies Shot in North Spokane; Suspect is Dead - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Two Sheriff's Deputies Shot In Stable Condition; Awaiting Status Update

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The shooter reportedly fled the area in this SUV, then ditched it before carjacking another vehicle to get away (Photo: KHQ) The shooter reportedly fled the area in this SUV, then ditched it before carjacking another vehicle to get away (Photo: KHQ)
Scene of the shooting across the street from the Northpointe shopping area in North Spokane (Photo: KHQ) Scene of the shooting across the street from the Northpointe shopping area in North Spokane (Photo: KHQ)
Police activity could be seen in Deer Park that was believed to be related to the shooting in Spokane. Police activity could be seen in Deer Park that was believed to be related to the shooting in Spokane.
Helicopters could be seen hovering the area of Princeton and Nevada in Northeast Spokane (Photo: KHQ) Helicopters could be seen hovering the area of Princeton and Nevada in Northeast Spokane (Photo: KHQ)
SPOKANE, Wash. -

KHQ.COM - Spokane authorities say two sheriff's deputies were shot and wounded in the north Spokane area, triggering a 40-mile, high-speed gunfight that ended with the suspect killing himself on Tuesday afternoon.
    
Spokane Officer Jennifer DeRuwe says the deputies were wounded at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday during a traffic stop. The gunman then carjacked another vehicle and headed north.
    
Officers from multiple police agencies gave chase, exchanging gunshots with the man until he collided with a patrol car near Deer Park, Wash., after hitting a spike strip. DeRuwe says the suspect then fatally shot himself.
    
Police did not identify him. The Spokesman Review said he was 41-year-old Charles R. Wallace, who was awaiting trial on heroin trafficking charges. The newspaper says his criminal record included convictions for crimes including burglary and assault.
    
DeRuwe says the unidentified deputies are hospitalized in stable condition and "both are expected to make a recovery."

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The man believed to have shot two Spokane County sheriff's deputies Tuesday afternoon in North Spokane is dead. The suspect, named by our partners at The Spokesman-Review as Charlie Wallace, shot himself in the Deer Park area.

As of 6:30 p.m., Highway 395 was closed at Crawford Rd., as it was believed to be the area where the suspect, in his 40s, took his own life. Heavily police activity could be seen in the area following the shooting.

One of the injured deputies was said to be "doing okay", while the other was in critical condition, according to a spokesman from the Sheriff's Office. At 6:46 p.m., Knezovich updated the information, saying the deputy who underwent surgery was in stable condition. The other deputy did not require surgery.

The shooting happened around 4:15 near the Northpointe shopping area on the Newport Highway. A spokesman said it began when a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop. A second deputy arrived quickly to assist, and about 10 seconds later the pair called a "Code 99", which means they needed immediate help. The third deputy on the scene reported the first two deputies had been shot.

The spokesman said after the shooting the suspect is believed to have ditched his SUV on Graves Rd. across the highway from the Olive Garden restaurant. He then reportedly carjacked a vehicle, and police chased that car to the Deer Park area. Heavy police activity could be seen in the area of Hwy. 395 and Crawford Rd. where the suspect is believed to have died.

Meanwhile, another team of police surrounded a house near Princeton and Nevada in Northeast Spokane following the shooting. That house was believed to be connected to the suspect - or suspects - in some manner. KHQ reporters said police had entered the house as two helicopters hovered overhead. Officers removed two people from the house, but later said the individuals were not connected to the shooting in any way.

In all, Knezovich said there could be as many as six different scenes related to the shooting. During an interview streamed live on KHQ.com, he declined to identify all of the locations, as the investigation was ongoing.

As the investigation developed, police closed part of Highway 395 in North Spokane. And as of 6:20 p.m., Highway 395 at Crawford Rd. in the Deer Park area was also closed.
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