Wounded deputy returns to job

Published On: Nov 12 2013 09:12:06 AM PST
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Even the simplest of tasks seemed difficult for Matt Spink as he recovered from a gunshot wound that almost killed him last year.

The Spokane County sheriff's deputy returned to work Monday without fanfare. The Spokesman-Review reports he is starting out on a series of light-duty office shifts of five hours.

It was 17 months ago when Deputy Mike Northway and Spink were shot by Charles Wallace during a traffic stop along U.S. 2 in north Spokane.

Wallace fled, setting off a manhunt and wild car chase that ended north of Deer Park when he crashed at a police blockade and killed himself.

Spink and Northway have been on leave since that day. A timeline for when Northway will return is undetermined.