Suspect dead, deputies hospitalized after North Spokane shooting

Published On: Jun 19 2012 04:31:20 PM PDT   Updated On: Jun 20 2012 12:50:09 PM PDT
Wallace vehicle crash 395 and Crawford
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A shooting suspect is dead while two Spokane County Sheriff Deputies were "conscious and alert" as they were taken into Sacred Heart Medical Center following a shooting in North Spokane Tuesday afternoon.

Their shootings happened during a routine traffic stop that resulted in the rapid mobilization of city, county and federal law enforcement agencies across Spokane County as soon as the call went out for Code 99 -- Officers Down around 4:15 p.m.

The deputies were participating in a traffic stop near the intersection of Newport Highway and Elm in North Spokane when shots were fired by a suspect, subsequently identified as Charlie Wallace.

The shootings triggered a multi-agency manhunt on the ground and in the air that involved everyone from Airway Heights police in the west to Spokane Valley police in the east, from the FBI on the ground to Spokane County Sheriff's Air One helicopter in the air.

Wallace apparently was originally traveling in an SUV when contacted by sheriff's deputies. Shots were fired, the two deputies were shot and Wallace fled the scene on foot. He then carjacked a black Honda Accord and headed north in the direction of Colbert with authorities in pursuit.

At the intersection of Highway 395 and Crawford Road Wallace crashed the Accord into a barrier along the side of the road, then shot and killed himself.

During a media briefing early Tuesday evening, neither Spokane Police Chief Scott Stephens nor Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich would discuss the circumstances surrounding the shootings, save to say that the deputies were working together on the same shift when the incident happened.

Sheriff Knezovich did confirm that his deputies had been taken to the hospital. One of them was taken into surgery shortly after his arrival at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Both deputies, who have not been identified, are in stable condition, Knezovich added.

Only one of the two will require surgery for their injuries.

The critical incident protocol has been activated; the Washington State Patrol, Spokane County Sheriff's Office and Spokane Police Department are investigating a half dozen crime scenes across Spokane.