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Man accused of shooting at Spokane County Deputy has lengthy criminal history

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28-year-old Christopher Myers has 15 previous felony convictions in the state of Washington (PHOTO: Washington State DOC) 28-year-old Christopher Myers has 15 previous felony convictions in the state of Washington (PHOTO: Washington State DOC)
Christopher R. Myers (PHOTO: WA DOC) Christopher R. Myers (PHOTO: WA DOC)
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28-year-old Christopher R. Myers is still in the hospital after being shot by a Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy during an arrest last week. Police say Myers was pulled over last Friday and during the traffic stop Myers took off. Following a short pursuit, Myers allegedly pulled out a gun after being detained by a K-9 Unit and fired at law enforcement. Deputy Jeff Thurman returned fired and hit Myers once. 

Myers is still in the hospital under guard by corrections officers and will physically be taken to jail as soon as he is able to leave the hospital. 

Myers has a lengthy criminal history of 15 felony convictions that include: Money Laundering, Theft, Residential Burglary, Assault, Trafficking Stolen Property, Possession of Stolen Property, and Bail Jumping. 

The incident was captured on a body camera. According to court documents the video shows officers giving Myers commands after getting him to the ground following a foot pursuit. Documents say you can hear officers yelling, "Get your hands behind your back! Do it now!" Another officer was yelling "Quit resisting!" One officer stated in court documents that at no time during the body camera footage was Myers seen complying with the commands being given to him. 

Court documents said because of the position the camera was mounted, and the close proximity between the suspect and officers during the arrest attempt, there are moments when the screen is black. Documents state there is a five second period when one of the officers says "Fass that guy (as in giving a command to the canine)." There is then a muffled "pop" sound. There is then a scream and another "pop" sound that has more of a cracking noise to it. Immediately after that there is a louder "bang". 

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Court documents then state both officers making sure they weren't "hit" by the gunfire. 

The body camera footage has not yet been made available to the public. 

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