Man arrested for crashing stolen car connected to robbery, shooting in Spokane Valley

Dishman Mica crash
Courtesy: Spokane Valley Fire Department

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — A man the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office arrested on May 7th for stealing a car is facing more charge. Through DNA, deputies connected the man to a robbery and shooting that happened on February 27th.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, 31-year-old Jason McWhirk stole a man’s car from the Black Angus parking lot in Spokane Valley. As the person tried to stop McWhirk, who was not identified as the suspect at the time, deputies said McWhirk shot the man.

Deputies went after the car, but said they lost it because McWhirk was driving recklessly. The victim was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and is now recovering at home.

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Two days later, the car was found in a parking lot in Otis Orchards. Detectives took DNA samples from the car. Through the evidence sent to the crime lab, McWhirk was identified as the suspect on May 11.

Before being named a suspect in that case, deputies responded to a high-speed crash on Dishman Mica Road between 8th and 16th avenues on May 7th. The Sheriff’s Office said McWhirk is accused of driving a stolen car and crashing it into a box truck.

Deputies said McWhirk was found to have a loaded gun on him, which turned out to be stolen. Detectives determined the bullets from the gun matched the ones from the February shooting.

At that time, McWhirk was arrested for several charges including vehicular assault, possession of a stolen firearm and more. With the connection to the February shooting, deputies have now brought forward more charges. This includes assault, robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm and attempting to elude a police vehicle.

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