Back To Back Downtown Shootings

Cpl. Ronald Van Tassel


Monday, October 28, 2019 at 9:57 a.m.


On Saturday night Police responded to two back to back shootings in downtown Spokane. Both shootings happened in the very busy bar district and required a lot of resources to contain the crime scenes due to the large amount of people around.

On October 27th, 2019 downtown Spokane saw a larger amount of people than normal due to Halloween parties at several bars. Spokane PD had Officers working bar patrol during the evening. Just after midnight an Officer was working in the area of Main and Division. He was flagged over and told a male just shot somebody at Borracho’s. The Officer pulled up and observed a male being held down on the ground and a gun laying close to him. After an investigation, Officers learned that there was a fight at the location and the male pulled the gun out and fired one round. Nobody was hit and it is not believed at this time that the male fired at any specific person.

Minutes after closing down that crime scene, another Officer at 400 W Sprague advised that he just heard numerous shots being fired. He then advised the suspect vehicle was driving away. Officers were able to stop that vehicle at 1st and Stevens and contact all occupants of the vehicle, which included 24 year old Destiny Tensley.

During the traffic stop other Officers went to the scene of the original shooting, which is the large parking lot on the southwest corner of Sprague and Washington. Shell casings were located in the parking lot but no victims came forth. While investigating the shooting, two adult female victims both arrived at the Hospital with non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

After interviewing the victims and the occupants of the vehicle Officers learned that this was not a random act and both parties knew each other. Tensley was booked for 2 counts of 1st degree assault for shooting 2 people. The driver of the vehicle, 20 year old Emmanuel Tensley was also booked for 2 counts of 1st assault for his part in the incident.



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