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Shooter's Mother Speaks About Her Son

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The mother of Charles Wallace found out her son was dead while she was out shopping. He is the man who opened fire on two Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies Tuesday.

Charlie Wallace's mom, Melissa Wallace, says his troubles started at an early age, saying he was in and out of prison and drug rehab since he was in grade school. 

"I tried to put a lot of love into my kids and Charlie lost all scene of who he was," Wallace said. 

Melissa Wallace says after every stint in prison, Charlie would come back to a 60-acre horse ranch in Steven's County. Some of his friends would even stay in trailers on the property.

She says Charlie was one of four children. One of his sisters took her life just a few years ago. She says mental illness runs in the family, but drugs where Charlie's downfall.

"When he was Charlie he was fine when the drug demons where there he was gone," Wallace said.

Charlie's mom says he recently remarried, was clean, and trying to establish a relationship with his 8-year-old daughter in Ohio and his 23-year-old son who lives in eastern Washington.

She knew he was just out of prison again, but never expected the call she got Tuesday afternoon.

"I screamed I was in Wal-Mart and a friend calls me and says your son is dead. But you know what, God is good but I am sorry. He is awesome and he is in every step of our way," Wallace said.

Now she prays that the community can forgive him.

"He's a known escapee, he is a known felon, I wish they would have kept him in prison. He would be alive but just thank God those two deputies are alive. And that little lady that hit him with a cane," Wallace said.

She hopes she can forgive herself. 

"He was a mother's son that he was. Not a bad kid but it was drugs and if I had it to do over I would do anything in the world to keep him off of drugs," Wallace said.

The family is now working on funeral arrangements, and says they hope this will be the end of years of heartache dealing with Charlie's drug involvement.