Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 2:53 p.m.
Major Crimes Detectives worked quickly and tirelessly throughout the night and morning to develop a suspect. Their hard work has paid off.
This afternoon, just after 4 p.m., the suspect from the drive-by shooting at 3rd Avenue and Cedar Street was taken into custody. Cameron E. Thomas (28) was located in the area of 1500 S. Rustle Street inside a motel room.
The Spokane Police Department Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT) along with SWAT and K9 took Thomas into custody without incident.
Thomas was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 1st Degree (3 counts) along with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Thomas is a convicted felon and cannot legally possess firearms.
This investigation is still on going.
Two drive-by shootings occurred overnight. A victim received a life threatening injury in the first incident. No injuries were reported in the second.
On May 26, 2020, around 10:55 p.m., a drive-by shooting was reported in the area of 3rd Avenue and Cedar Street. A Patrol Officer was on scene within a minute but the suspect vehicle was gone.
A male victim was inside the vehicle that was stopped in the roadway. The male appeared to have a life threatening injury.
Officers provided first aid to the victim until Medics arrived to take over care.
The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The victim underwent surgery and was stabilized.
Major Crimes Detectives were called out to the scene to continue the investigation.
If anyone in the community has information regarding this incident, and hasn’t already spoken to law enforcement, we ask you to report through Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 using incident #2020-20088561
On May 27, 2020, around 12:13 a.m., Officer responded to the second report of a drive-by shooting in the area of 2500 W. Sanson Avenue.
As a vehicle was driving through the area, occupants in the car were tossing garbage onto the roadway. A homeowner in the area had a verbal confrontation with the subjects.
As the car was driven away, the driver stopped in the intersection of Sanson Avenue and Cochran Street and a single shot was fired from the vehicle towards the victim. Fortunately nobody was struck by the gunfire.
Patrol Officers recovered a shell casing from the scene. Major Crimes Detectives were not required.
If anyone in the community has information regarding this incident, and hasn’t already spoken to law enforcement, we ask you to report through Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 using incident #2020-20088595
Both of these investigations are ongoing and it is not known at this time if there is any correlation between the two shootings.
Officer John O'Brien