Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO
Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 11:48 a.m.
The third drive-by shooting in two days leads to the arrest of two more convicted felons.
On August 26, 2020, around 8 p.m., officers were dispatched to a report of a drive-by shooting in the area of 2400 E. Desmet Avenue. The victim reported a silver Mazda, occupied by Randy J. Shaeffer (48) and an unknown female, pulled up next to him and he heard a gunshot. The victim believed the driver would have had to have been the shooter and would have had to lean across the passenger. The victim was not struck by a bullet and thankfully no one else in or around the park was struck.
Officers arrived on scene and interviewed the victim. They were not able to find any bullet casings at the location. Officers went to a residence, a location given by the victim, in the 700 block of N. Altamont Street to look for Shaeffer and the Mazda.
Officers located a Mazda sedan at the residence that was registered to Lindsey A. Hendrickson (25), the victim’s on-again/off-again girlfriend. Hendrickson and Shaeffer, who are cousins, were at the residence as well and both were detained for the investigation.
Upon a search of Hendrickson’s vehicle, officers found an empty handgun holster and a spent casing. Hendrickson was similar in description to the female driving the Mazda at the time of the drive-by shooting and officers arrested her on probable cause.
Numerous officers were involved in the investigation and obtained statements from involved parties and witnesses along with discovering surveillance video. Information was developed to identify Hendrickson as the driver and the shooter. Also, information revealed Shaeffer obtained the firearm from a family member and he had concealed the gun in a Dodge pickup, owned by Shaeffer, at the residence.
Upon a search of Shaeffer’s pickup, officers recovered a handgun wrapped in a shirt on the seat. Officers arrested Shaeffer for participating in the drive-by shooting.
Both Hendrickson and Shaeffer are convicted felons and cannot legally possess firearms. Hendrickson has convictions for Possession of Controlled Substance and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. Shaeffer has two convictions for Possession of Controlled Substance.
Officers booked Hendrickson into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 1st degree DV, Drive-by shooting, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd degree. Shaeffer was booked for Assault 1st degree, Drive-by Shooting, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd degree.
Officer John O'Brien