UPDATE: Drive By Shooting in North Central Spokane

Cpl. Teresa Fuller

Monday, January 21, 2019 at 1:18 p.m.

Spokane Police Officers, following up on the investigation of the drive-by shooting on north Atlantic, executed a search warrant on a vehicle seized the night of the shooting. Inside the vehicle, officers recovered multiple firearms which will likely lead to additional charges for the suspects involved.

On January 20, 2019, just after midnight, Spokane Police responded to the report of a fight at a residence in the 2400 block of north Atlantic. Officers went back to the residence just before 2:00am the same morning on the report of a shooting at the same address.

After stopping the suspects in the vehicle described by witnesses, officers booked the two suspects and seized the vehicle as evidence. After obtaining and executing a search warrant on the vehicle, officers recovered three handguns and a rifle (see attached picture). One of the firearms was listed as stolen. As the investigation continues, more charges are likely for each of the defendants.

Piper and Buchanan will be in court tomorrow at 1:30.


Original release:

Spokane Police Officers responded to a drive by shooting in north Spokane on Saturday night. One house was targeted and shot numerous times. Officers were given a description of the suspect vehicle that fled the area. A short time later the vehicle was located by patrol and two people were arrested.

On January 20th, 2019 Officers responded to the 2400 block of north Atlantic for a fight call. Officers cleared the location and then several hours later, responded back for a shooting call. The residence had several bullet holes in it, but nobody inside was hit. The victims indicated that this was a retaliation from the earlier call. The victims gave a vehicle description of the suspects.

A short time later Ofc T. Johnson and C. Lesser with team #10 patrol observed the suspect vehicle driving in the area of Cannon and Buckeye. They were able to stop the vehicle and detain the passengers inside.

Two of the males were identified as 21 year old Andrew Buchanan and 21 year old Chantz Piper. After an investigation Officers were able to develop probable cause for the two males relating to the shooting. Both of them were later booked into jail and their charges as listed below.

Chantz Piper: 4 counts of 1st degree assault and Drive by shooting.

Andrew Buchanan: 4 counts of 1st degree assault, Drive by shooting and Unlawful Possession of a firearm 1st degree (due to previous convictions)

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