Skip to comments.Suspect kills self after two deputies shot (WA)
Posted on 06/19/2012 7:13:58 PM PDT by jazusamo
As police closed in on a suspect in the shooting of two Spokane County sheriffs deputies today, the suspect fired repeatedly at pursuing cars, then shot himself in Deer Park at U.S. Highway 395 and Crawford Road.
The deputies, described as seasoned law enforcement veterans, are in stable condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center, where one has had surgery for his wounds.
My deputies are OK, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said this evening.
Police do not believe any other shooters remain at large tonight, and there is no danger to the public, Spokane Police Chief Scott Stephens added in a press conference at 6:45 p.m.
The suspect is Charles R. Wallace, 41, who was indicted just a month ago on federal charges connected to a heroin distribution ring that authorities allege supplied at least 100 grams of the drug.
Following his arrest on heroin trafficking charges, Wallace was allowed to leave jail May 31 under release conditions approved by U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno, according to federal court records.
Its unclear whether Imbrogno required any bail be posted for Wallaces release. A hand-written note in the courts directions to U.S. marshals show only that Wallace was released to an agent of ABHS.
After the deputies were shot this afternoon, Wallace led police on a high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 2, racing northbound in the southbound lanes. He then headed west on East Deer Park Milan Road, which turns into West Crawford Street in Deer Park.
The suspect was driving at a high rate of speed and shooting at pursuing officers in Deer Park.
Lori Musgrave saw the final moments of the police chase as the fleeing suspect raced past her Farmers Market and Bakery at Crawford Road.
The drivers head was hanging out the window, a gun pointed out as well, she said. The car was flying, just absolutely, down the road, Musgrave said. Police were in pursuit. I just told my staff to run.
As the suspect attempted to turn onto Highway 395, he hit a guardrail and spun out. As police closed in on the vehicle, the suspect shot and killed himself, officials said.
Moments later Musgrave heard a gunshot, though the car was no longer visible, and pieced together later that it likely was the fatal shot.
The incident began in North Spokane around 4:18 p.m. when the deputies, who patrol the north county area, pulled over a Chevy Suburban for reckless driving at Newport Highway and East Elm Street, about a half mile north of the North Division Y.
Within 10 to 12 seconds the deputies were fired on, and both were hit, said Sgt. Dave Reagan of the Spokane County Sheriffs Office.
One deputy may have returned fire, Reagan said. A third officer arrived moments later and called in the Code 99, for officer down.
Eyewitnesses said they heard about 10 gunshots, then saw the deputies on the ground. Paramedics arrived minutes later, and the deputies were rushed to the hospital.
The deputies were doing what they do best: stopping someone they believe might be a problem, Reagan said.
Reagan added, We have not had the opportunity to talk to them other than to comfort them and ask them if there was any evidence we should be looking for.
One of the deputies may have recognized one of the people in the suspects vehicle, Reagan said. He wasnt sure how many people were in the vehicle.
The suspects fled the scene of the shooting and abandoned the Suburban at North Division Street and East Graves Road, a few blocks west.
Minutes later at least one suspect carjacked a 2002 Honda Accord from an older female driver in the vicinity, Reagan said.
Its been a running crime scene basically since the moment the shots were fired, Reagan said.
Wallace in 2002 was arrested after escaping for Geiger Correctional Center. As of that year, Wallaces criminal record included 25 adult convictions for drugs, burglary, theft, forgery, assault, driving under the influence and attempting to elude police.
The Spokane Police Department is in charge of the shooting investigation, assisted by the Washington State Patrol.
The incident is eerily reminiscent of a shooting spree and chase in 1991, which ended with two people dead and five injured, four of whom were law enforcement officers.
Like Tuesdays shooting, the 1991 incident began with a routine traffic stop. A Stevens County officer radioed for help, saying he had been shot during a pursuit, according to Spokesman-Review archives.
A high-speed chase ensued through Stevens and north Spokane counties.
Three men were involved in the chase, two of whom were involved in an earlier bank robbery, archives say.
All four police officers shot in 1991 survived.
And nice of the perp to spare the public the expense of a trial and incarceration.
Absolutely, he was a career criminal and solved his problem himself. Permanently.
The judge seems to have a habit of letting drug dealers out of jail. According to another article, she let a drug dealer out for Thanksgiving after he failed to show up in court 75 times.
Noticed a judge (U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno) let this perp out of jail. Wonder what the history of the perp (age 41) inside the justice system has been and was this a consideration of this perp's release through the revolving door of the justice system? Of course nobody has the right to question the decisions of a judge, so being quiet now.
Should check this judge's bank accounts.
Amen to that.....
Yes, this turkey was a revolving door criminal and this judge was part of the problem.
Ah that terrible war on drugs. If only we made heroin legal, we could avoid the tragic gun fights. Sigh.
Yup. Zero chance of recidivism.
“...25 adult convictions...”
Well, at least he hadn’t been stampeding cattle...through the Vatican...
Much appreciation for the italics info. Missed that during the skim read. Thanks for pointing out that info.
Information like that in an article like this should be in the first few sentences or paragraphs but the left leaning media put it last so people will miss it.
I honestly believe they try to shield the left leaning judges as much as they dare.
I live in the area in which this occurred. It was a wild chase. I was headed South when the police were headed north after the perp. I’ve never seen or heard so many sirens. Glad the idiot saved the police the cost of a bullet.
The turkey did everyone a favor in WA by committing sideways, didn't hurt anyone else and saved us a lot of taxpayer money.
Interesting contrast here.
George Zimmerman, a man with zero convictions, who gave full cooperation to the Police, who had obvious injuries and was defending himself, has bond set at $150,000.
The Spokane gentleman had 25 adult convictions, a recent jail escape, and was arrested for selling heroin, was apparently released without paying any bond.
I live in Spokane, yes this judge is a real POS.
Thanks, you confirmed what most of us suspected.
Sounds like a whole commode load.