SPD Seeking Public’s Assistance In Locating Shooting Suspect

Cpl. Nick Briggs, PIO

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 8:33 a.m.

Update 6/15/23:

UPDATE: Two additional suspects arrested

On 06-13-23, SPD arrested two additional suspects in a May 27th shooting that left a victim critically injured. Two juvenile males, one 15-years-old and the other 16, were taken into custody by members of SPD’s Violence Crimes Task Force (VCTF), and booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention for attempted murder, assault 1st degree, drive-by shooting, and unlawful possession of a firearm.  

Update 5/30/23:

Shooting suspect taken into custody

In the early afternoon of 05-30-23, SPD detectives developed information that Shaules was at a residence in the zero-hundred block of E 29th Ave (29th and Division St), on Spokane’s South Hill. Due to the violent nature of the incident, and Shaules reportedly being armed, SPD’s SWAT team along with negotiators and other specialty resources responded to the location.

After approximately a half an hour, Shaules exited the residence and was taken into custody without incident. SPD subsequently executed a search warrant of the residence seeking evidence related to the shooting.

Streets in the area, including E 29th Ave from Division to Tekoa, were temporarily closed but have now been re-opened.

Shaules was booked into Spokane County Jail on charges of Assault 1st degree, Drive-by shooting, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (felon in possession). Additional charges are possible.

Original Release 5/28/23:

SPD seeking public’s assistance in locating shooting suspect

On 05-27-2023, just after 1PM, SPD responded to a shooting call in the 900 block of E North Foothills Dr. Multiple callers reported the incident, and an adult male victim was subsequently located suffering from gunshot wounds. That individual was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

SPD officers and detectives immediately began investigating, and the identity of a suspect was quickly developed. Detectives, with the assistance of specialty resources including negotiators, SPD’s SWAT team, and SCSO’s SWAT team, executed search warrants at various locations throughout Spokane County seeking the primary suspect as well as evidence of the crime.

SPD is currently asking for the public’s assistance in locating 33-year-old Ryan B. Shaules. Shaules is 5’7, approximately 164lbs, with brown hair (picture attached).

There is probable cause to arrest Shaules for assault 1st degree. Additional charges are likely. Shaules should be considered armed and dangerous; if you know the current whereabouts of Shaules you’re asked to call 911 immediately. If you have additional information about the incident, and have not spoken with investigators, you’re urged to call crime check at 509-456-2233, reference incident 2023-20101953.

Shaules is a convicted felon for assault, and therefore is prohibited from legally possessing a firearm. Shaules also has recent history in Spokane; on 03-07-23, Shaules was arrested following a SWAT standoff in the 800 block of N Summit. At that time, Shaules was arrested following an incident where he allegedly threatened an acquaintance, and also threatened to shoot a law enforcement officer. Shaules was charged with malicious mischief, felony harassment, and unlawful possession of a firearm after two guns were found after the standoff. On 05-01-23, Officers responded to the sounds of gunshots in the 1100 block of W 11th Ave. Shaules was subsequently located running from the scene and fled from officers. Once detained, Shaules was found to be in possession of two handguns as well as suspected illicit drugs. The aforementioned cases are pending.

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