Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2:35 p.m.
Two adults and a juvenile were arrested early this morning after an alleged burglary and drive by shooting.
Today, February 24, 2021, around 1:30 a.m., a citizen reported a vehicle driving erratically the wrong way on Ash Street, then across the sidewalk to get into the parking lot of Shadle High School. The caller said a male, armed with a firearm, got out of that vehicle and approached another car in the lot. The caller drove away without providing additional information.
Soon after the initial call, a second caller reported he had been the victim of a burglary where the subjects, armed with a gun, broke into his house located in the 600 block of E. Rich Avenue. The victim stated he chased the suspects in his vehicle and while doing so, he was shot at by the suspects. He followed the Chevy Impala to the school parking lot where the suspects fled from the car. The victim was not injured by the gunshot.
Other callers also reported hearing a gunshot and seeing a person, armed with a firearm, run from the vehicle.
Spokane Police Officers responded to the parking lot and set up a perimeter several blocks around the location. An officer located a semi-automatic rifle on the ground in front of the Impala.
SPD K9 Officer Buchmann and his partner began to track the suspects’ scent from the location. The track took officers to Glover Middle School where they contacted two subjects, Bahaulddin J. Alnajati (18) and a 17-year-old male. Both were taken into custody. A .45 caliber handgun was recovered near where the subjects had been hiding. The firearm had been reported stolen from Missoula, Montana.
A third suspect, Travis S. Funderburg (18), returned to the scene with his parents and admitted to being the driver of the Impala that was owned by his parents.
Officers booked Alnajati and Funderburg into the Spokane County Jail for Burglary 1st degree, Drive By Shooting, Assault 1st degree, Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
Officers booked the juvenile into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center for Burglary 1st degree, Drive By Shooting, Assault 1st degree, Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
The firearms, the vehicle, along with other items of evidence were taken to the Spokane Police Department Evidence Facility.
SPD would like to thank Spokane Public Schools for their assistance in reviewing surveillance cameras from the schools which aided in the investigation.
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