Spokane Police catch drive-by shooting suspect

Published On: Apr 18 2013 12:08:17 AM PDT   Updated On: Apr 18 2013 10:29:39 AM PDT
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police captured a drive by shooting suspect after he crashed his getaway car in North Spokane.

Police responded to reports of shots fired in the area of Dutch Jake Park, 2200 W Broadway at about 8:22 PM on Thursday.

Witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots and saw people running through alleys at that location and described the fleeing vehicle as a black 4-door Pontiac.

Later in the evening Officer Casey Jones spotted the vehicle going northbound on Post at a high rate of speed at attempted a traffic stop. The driver failed to stop and lost control while making a left turn onto Stevens from Queen, sliding into a yard and striking a tree.

The driver and an unknown passenger ran from the vehicle. The driver was located near Rowan and Washington and taken unto custody. He has since been identified as 32-year-old Ricky Leon and was booked into jail for first degree assault.

K9 units and Spokane County Air 1 were both brought in to assist with the search, but the passenger could not be located.

During the search, a victim with a gunshot wound to his leg arrived at a local hospital for treatment for the wound. It was determined that the victim at the hospital and the drive by were related.