Second Suspect in Drive-By Shooting Arrested

Julie Humphreys, Public Safety Communication Manager, 509.625.5868

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 7:53 a.m.

Second suspect in a drive-by shooting last May arrested in Idaho

After months of follow-up on a drive-by shooting at 6th and Division on 5/18/23 , SPD’s Major Crimes Unit developed probable cause to arrest a second suspect in the shooting.  SPD Detectives had a warrant signed by a Superior Court Judge on 1/11/24, and it was only hours later that Idaho State Police picked up 42-year-old Lori M. Thom where she was booked into the Bonneville County Jail. Thom is charged with Attempted 1st Degree Murder and Assault 1st Degree in relation to the shooting at 6th and Division, and with Criminal Conspiracy in relation to an incident in August of 2022 in King County involving a different victim. Thom faces extradition to Spokane for the charges related to the May shooting.

The other suspect in the drive-by shooting is Thom’s fiancé, 41-year-old Benjamin J. Hill, who was arrested most recently on 10/20/23 at a home in South Spokane. He is being held on charges of Attempted 1st Degree Murder- DV, Assault 1st Degree- DV, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Possession of Another’s Identification related to the 6th and Division shooting. Hill has been arrested by SPD three times in recent months for related incidents involving four victims, and faces a total of 13 charges. In the other incidents, Hill is charged with (2 counts) Drive-by Shooting, (4 counts) Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree- DV, Attempted 1st Degree Murder- DV, Assault 1st Degree, and Conspiracy to Commit Assault 1st Degree. Hill is being held in the Spokane County Jail on nearly 2 million dollars bond.

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