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Convicted felon goes on violent crime spree

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Deputies arrested a convicted felon who fired a weapon during an altercation in North Spokane.

31-year-old Burk T. Simonson, a convicted felon, was arrested for Robbery 1st degree, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree, Assault 4th Degree, and Unlawful Aiming/Discharging of a Firearm.

On Monday around 7 p.m., Deouty Kravtsov responded to a theft call at the Exxon gas station at 23320 N. highway 395 in North Spokane County.

The employee told the deputy that a frequent customer entered the store, placed his hand on the employee's shoulder, and said, “I'm here to rob you.”

The employee thought the suspect was joking, but noticed a large “butcher knife” in Simonson's waistband and backed away. He began helping other customers, but noticed that Simonson was filling his jeep with two cans of oil from the store.

He confronted Simonson, who jumped in his jeep, cursed at the employee, and gave him a one finger hand gesture and drove away. He then stopped a short way away, exited his jeep, and began cussing and threatening the employee before driving away again.

While at the store, Deputy Kravtsov heard an emergency broadcast over his radio of a “person with a weapon” near the 500 block of W. Bridges Road. Several deputies responded to the Bridges location where Simonson was later taken into custody.

After talking to several witnesses, including an adult female victim who had been assaulted, deputies believe Simonson had driven to a residence at the Bridges location where he's been staying after leaving the store. He was confronted by several individuals due to his reckless driving and they began yelling at each other. Simonson went and retrieved the owner of the home's handgun and fired it once to threaten the individuals. After hearing the shot, the home and firearm owner took the pistol from Simonson and secured it in a safe.

Simonson then began hitting and grabbing a dog by the neck. A neighbor told him to leave the dog alone, and warned him that she was armed with a knife. Simonson ran toward her, kicked her in the lower abdomen, pushed her to the ground, and took her knife. He then handed the knife to the homeowner and went inside.

When deputies arrived, Simonson exited the residence, followed commands, and was taken into custody. Simonson's criminal history revealed that he was a convicted felon and was prohibited from possessing firearms. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail on multiple charges.