SPOKANE-- AirOne footage from a high speed chase after a man shot two Spokane County Deputies was released Thursday.
Charles Wallace fatally shot him self after police say he fired at two Spokane County deputies during a traffic stop.
Narcotics detectives asked the deputies to pull over an SUV around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday near Elm Street and Newport Highway.
As soon as the SUV stopped, Wallace, stitting in the front passenger seat, jumped out and began firing upon deputies. Even though both deputies sustained gunshot wounds, they were able to return fire. Wallace fled the scene.
The driver of the SUV sped away from the scene with a female and child in the back seat. The vehicle was located at Division and Graves, unoccupied. Wallace fled on foot towards 9800 N. Andrews.
The wounded deputies were identified as Matt Spink and Michael Northway.
A few blocks away near 9800 North Andrews, an elderly woman called police to report her Honda Accord had just been stolen. Police say Wallace forced his way into her home and demanded her car keys. The 85-year-old woman chased the suspect out of the house, hitting him with her cane. Wallace, who was armed with a gun, reportedly stole the vehicle and fled again.
Officials located the suspect on Highway 2 and Big Meadows Road, where a pursuit began. Police deployed Air One to keep tabs on Wallace, as authorities chased him.
As law enforcement flooded the area searching for the Honda Accord, witnesses were calling in possible sightings. An SPD Detective observed Wallace driving the Honda on Big Meadows Road. When Wallace approached the detective, he fired at the officer but missed. Wallace continued to exhibit extremely dangerous behavior, having no regard for the safety of citizens and law enforcement alike. He appeared to be very determined to avoid apprehension, while being aware that he was a wanted felon. Wallace’s actions dictated law enforcement response for the safety of the community.
As officers continued to pursue Wallace, Air One provided updated locations and information. Citizens yielded to the numerous law enforcement officers actively attempting to stop Wallace, which was critical to officer response. When Wallace entered Deer Park, a SCSO Detective fired at the suspect in an effort to stop the suspect’s threat to the community. Spike strips were deployed by nearby officers, in order to disable Wallace’s vehicle. Wallace continued driving the car with malfunctioning tires. Ultimately, Wallace’s car struck a guard rail where he committed suicide by a single gunshot wound to the head.