Reports of Shots Heard Downtown Lead to DUI & Drive-by Shooting Arrest

Cpl. Teresa Fuller

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 2:41 a.m.

Last night, Spokane Police responded to the area of Sprague Ave. and Browne St. on multiple reports of shots fired. One of the witnesses was able to get a description and partial plate on the vehicle the shooter left in, which aided in the immediate apprehension of the suspect and firearm used in the crime. Bobby M Nathaniel (41) was booked into Spokane County Jail for DUI and Drive-by Shooting. No one was injured during this incident.

Just before 9:30pm last night, November 12, 2018, Spokane Police Officers responded to Sprague and Browne on multiple reports of shots fired in the area. One of the witnesses, a security officer that had been in the area, was able to provide a description of the SUV, a partial license plate and a direction of travel for the suspect vehicle.

The first officers were in the area less than a minute from when the call was dispatched; less than two minutes from the first call coming in to 911. Officers quickly located the SUV at Howard and Riverside and were able to stop it without incident. Three people were initially detained, but based on the investigation, officers determined Nathaniel was not only the shooter, but was also driving while intoxicated. A handgun was located inside the SUV and shell casings were found at the scene at Sprague and Browne. Fortunately, no one was injured during this incident.

The Spokane Police Department continues to rely on the invaluable partnership with our citizens in the joint effort to keep our community safe. The information one witness was able to provide in this instance directly impacted the timeliness of this arrest, as well as our ability to safely take an intoxicated and dangerous individual off the streets of Spokane. Anyone who witnessed this incident and has not yet talked with officers is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

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