Ofc N. Briggs #1177
Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
Two suspects in custody after vehicle pursuit through Spokane.
On 06-07-18 just before 10PM, SPD officers located a stolen vehicle in the Hillyard neighborhood. The vehicle had been stolen in a carjacking at gunpoint in Spokane Valley on June 2nd. SPD Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, however the driver failed to comply, and attempted to evade arrest by driving at high speeds. A vehicle pursuit was initiated, and the chase proceeded through downtown, up the south hill, and back North through the East Central neighborhood.
A Spokane County K-9 unit was in the area, and joined the pursuit. Near Freya and 5th Ave a PIT maneuver was successfully executed, safely bringing the pursuit to an end.
Two suspects, including the driver, 31-year-old Jeremy Shelton, were taken into custody. Shelton will be booked on charges of attempting to elude a police vehicle, and possession of a stolen vehicle.
The passenger, 28-year-old Ethan Stowe-Reasoner, was booked into jail for ID theft, possession of stolen property 2nd degree, and possession of methamphetamine. The aforementioned charges stem from an investigation conducted the previous day.
Pursuits are inherently dangerous for all involved, and SPD officers are constantly evaluating the most effective way to keep the community safe. In this case, due to the propensity for violence demonstrated by the suspects in the carjacking incident, apprehending the individuals was determined to be of utmost importance. The task of apprehending the suspects was made easier by very attentive drivers who observed the police activity and quickly got out of the way, contributing to the safety of all involved. No injuries were incurred during the incident, and minimal property damage was caused.
SCSO will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the initial robbery, and additional charges for both suspects could be forthcoming.
Officer John O'Brien