Deputies In Stable Condition After Being Shot During Traffic Stop
by Cory Howard, Executive Producer Interactive, KHQ.com - email
SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe says both deputies shot Tuesday afternoon in north Spokane are in stable condition as of Tuesday night.
Both deputies were shot at least once, though exactly where they were shot wasn't available as of Tuesday night.
Just after 4:15pm Tuesday afternoon, 41-year-old Charles Wallace, and another suspect were driving near Elm and Newport highway when one deputy pulled Wallace over for a traffic stop.
Another deputy pulled up right behind him and within 10 to 12 seconds, Wallace opened fire on both deputies, shooting them at least once each.
Eyewitnesses said they heard around 10 gunshots. Moments later, a third officer arrived on scene and found both deputies down.
He radioed "Code 99", which means an emergency response. The deputies were rushed to the hospital.
The suspects then fled the scene in a black SUV, eventually ditching the car at Graves Road near Division in a packed residential/apartment area.
Cell phone video shows officers surrounded and eventually shot at the SUV but the suspects were already long gone.
Officials say Wallace had carjacked a Honda from an older woman in the area and took off on Highway 2, leading police on a high-speed pursuit .
During the chase, Wallace repeatedly shot at pursuing officers and officers fired back. No officers were injured in that exchange of gunfire
Wallace lead law enforcement all the way to the Deer Park area at which point, Wallace's Honda ran over spike strips, struck a Spokane police patrol car and crashed.
When police closed in, Wallace shot himself.
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Two Spokane County Deputies conducting a traffic stop near Elm and Newport Hwy were met with gunfire. Officers from surrounding agencies quickly descended and began to search for the suspect. The suspect was eventually stopped near Dear Park and died at the scene. The deputies remain in the hospital, receiving treatment for their injuries.
This afternoon, June 19, 2012, around 4:15pm, Narcotics detectives requested the assistance of two Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies. The detectives asked the deputies to conduct a traffic stop on an SUV near Elm St. and Newport Highway. Within seconds, deputies advised they had been shot and were injured.
Responding officers located the SUV, unoccupied, near Division St and Graves St. A K9 track was attempted but no one was located.
A few blocks away, 9800 N. Andrews, an elderly woman called police to report that her Honda Accord had just been stolen. The suspect forced his way into her home and demanded her car keys. The 85 year old woman chased the suspect out of the house, hitting him with her cane. The suspect, armed with a gun, stole her vehicle and fled.
Local law enforcement officers converged in the area in search of the suspect. The suspect vehicle was seen near Hwy 2 and Big Meadows Road and a pursuit ensued. During the course of the pursuit, gun fire was exchanged between the suspect and the responding officers.
By 5:20pm, the suspect vehicle drove over spike strips deployed by officers. The suspect's vehicle then struck an unoccupied SPD patrol car and crashed. The suspect shot himself and died at the scene.
The two injured deputies remain in the hospital receiving treatment. One deputy has been listed in serious condition, the other is in stable condition.
Several main arterials were shut down due to the large scale investigation. Law enforcement appreciated the patience of rush hour drivers.
This event was extremely dynamic and rapidly unfolding. Information was constantly being given to responding officers who continued to search for the primary suspect. Other individuals may have been involved, creating other locations within the City and the County to receive police attention.
Anyone who may have witnessed something, or has information for the investigation is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.
The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team protocol was activated. The team is comprised of members of the Spokane Police Department, the Washington State Patrol and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
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