City leaders plead for change, frustrated by the spike in shootings

SPOKANE, Wash. — A Spokane Police Officer is in the hospital, after being shot in the head and leg. Now, city leaders are pleading for change, frustrated by the spike in shootings that nearly took the life of an officer.

Multiple calls about drive-by shootings came in around 2:00 PM on Sunday.

The corner of Walton and Perry in North Spokane is now one of five crime scenes being investigated following multiple drive-by shootings.

“It’s a sad day for our community,” said Mayor Nadine Woodward.

“We have a violent community preying on other community members, and we have a violent community that is now targetting officers, and this absolutely has to stop,” added Craig Meidl, Chief of Police for Spokane Police Department.

Law enforcement was responding to calls about two drive-by shootings when the officer was hit.

“Shots were fired from the suspect vehicle at the officer as he was driving by. That officer was wounded in the leg and the head,” explained Chief Meidl.

He says police did not fire back at the suspects. Two people fled the scene and crashed their car, but were caught by officers shortly after.

“These people need to be in jail, and they need to be in jail for a very long time,” said Mayor Woodward.

Police haven’t released the two suspects’ names, or charges, yet.

“This violence has got to stop. We were inches away from losing an officer,” added the Mayor.


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