SPD Shots Fired, Robbery 8-15-19

Update: The Spokane Police Department has provided some more details on an incident where shots were fired in Riverfront Park early Thursday morning.

SPD responded to the reports of shots fired near the 500 block of N. Howard St. around 12:30 a.m. Park rangers confirmed hearing the shots as well.

In talking with witnesses, officers pieced this together regarding the incident: 

Two men were recovering from a minor crash on the Lime scooter they had been riding.  The men were approached by a man later identified as the suspect who was swaying back and forth and making nonsensical statements directed at them.  The suspect then reached into his coat, drew a revolver, and fired one round into the air.  The victims took cover behind a garbage can and the suspect lowered the weapon, pointed it at them, and fired another round toward them. The suspect then fled down Washington Street.  The victims decided to give chase but lost the victim near the Big Red Wagon in Riverfront Park.

An officer stopped a man matching the suspect description who had been running on the Washington Street Bridge, who stated he was being chased by someone.

A man who said he is a "Juicer" for Lime approached an officer and said he had heard the gunshots and saw the suspect running. Moments later, the two victims ran up to the Juicer saying they were chasing the shooter. The Juicer said he followed the suspect at a safe distance after calling 911.

The suspect, Detrick Johnson was arrested, transported and booked for two counts of first-degree assault. The handgun involved was located north of the Washington Street Tunnel.

No injuries were reported.

Previous coverage: Spokane Police responded to both a shots-fired call near Riverfront Park and a robbery at a Hillyard area home within an hour overnight.

SPD says it responded to the shots-fired call early Thursday morning, and with the help of witnesses and Spokane citizens, they were able to take a male into custody.

The man was arrested for two counts of assault. No injuries were reported during the incident.

Less than an hour later, officers responded to the Hillyard area after they say a group had barged into the front door of a home. Upon entry, the group was looking for money and waving a gun at the occupants, according to SPD.

Police were able to stop a vehicle fleeing the scene and suspect a gun used in the incident was a pellet gun. The investigation is ongoing.

SPD posted photos of guns from the incidents overnight on their Facebook page.

"Can you tell which gun is real? How about in the middle of the night? It was a busy night tonight!" SPD wrote in the post.