Riverfront Park Shot Fired

Julie Humphreys, Public Safety Communication Manager, 509.625.5868

Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 4:04 p.m.

Update 8/19/22:

SPD identifies suspect in shooting at Riverfront Park

Within 24 hours of a shooting and assault in downtown Spokane, the Spokane Police Department’s Violent Crimes Task Force has identified a suspect, developed probable cause to arrest him, and secured a warrant for his arrest. 25-year old Matthew S. Brumfield faces two counts of 1st Degree Assault, two counts of 2nd Degree Assault, and one count of Drive-by Shooting – all felonies. The 1st Assault charge is related to the incident at Riverfront park where the suspect fired a round at two people in the park and the 2nd Assault charge is related to an incident just prior to the shot fired in which the suspect pointed a gun at two restaurant employees.

Brumfield is described as a white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 6’5” weighing 197 pounds. He may be driving a 2002 Silver Ford Focus with license plate CBT3535. If you know anything about his whereabouts you are asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 immediately. Brumfield is considered armed and dangerous.

Original Release 8/18/22:

SPD responds to two related incidents in downtown Spokane, one with a shot fired

Just before 7pm last evening, 08/17/2022, SPD responded to call from the 800 block of 3rd Ave on a possible burglary. Upon arrival, officers learned that employees of a restaurant had been dealing with some customers who became unruly. Employees went to the parking lot to ask the group to leave when they said someone pointed a gun at them and threatened them. The group left and employees called 911.

Minutes later SPD responded to a call of a shot fired near Riverfront Park in the 500 block of N. Howard. Witnesses relayed that two vehicles -one with a male driver and one with a female driver - drove up and pulled alongside a curb. The witnesses said the man and woman began arguing and the man hit the woman. The witnesses who were sitting in Riverfront Park yelled at the two to stop fighting and that they were calling police when the man fired a round toward them. No one was hit and the man speed off in his vehicle.

SPD’s initial investigation found the two incidents were related and that the man and woman who were arguing near Riverfront Park were also at the business on 3rd Ave just prior. SPD talked to a number of people, some with and some without involvement in this incident, and determined the suspect may be located at an apartment located at the 600 block of S. Cannon Street. Officers and a K9 searched the area but did not locate the suspect.

SPD’s Violent Crimes Task Force is assisting in this ongoing investigation. Anyone with information that has not already talked to police is asked to call Crime Check reference case #2022-20144310.

is asked to call Crime Check reference case #2022-20144310.

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