SPD Arrests Criminal on Two Counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree

Lt. Terry Preuninger, PIO

Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 10:22 a.m.

After being alerted to a possible murder suspect loitering outside the Cannon Street Shelter, SPD arrests an Armed Career Criminal with multiple felony convictions for 2 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree.  

About 8:30 PM Tuesday (2-6-24) SPD received information from a complainant who reported that a possible murder suspect was currently sitting in a vehicle and contacting people who were coming and going from the Cannon Street Shelter.  SPD had intelligence that this suspect was not only wanted but was armed with a firearm and had stated he wanted officers “to take him out.”  It was believed he had recently been in the area of the shelter. 

SPD patrol officers and members of multiple SPD specialty units including SWAT, the Special Investigations Unit, the Hostage Negotiation Unit and the Arial Support Unit responded to the call.  When SPD arrived, the suspect was a passenger in a vehicle just outside the shelter.  As law enforcement arrived the vehicle pulled away.  SPD attempted to stop the vehicle and the male fitting the suspect description as well as a female both exited the car, while it was moving and attempted to flee.   After a short foot pursuit and area search using drones and officers, SPD located both the male and female hiding in back yards in the area. 

The male was identified as Coby C Adams (34) who is an armed career criminal and has multiple felony convictions.  Adams was not the person wanted for murder however he did fit the description of the murder suspect and had face tattoos as did the male police were looking for.  

Police located two handguns in Adams backpack.  He was booked into the Spokane County Jail for two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree.

The female was not charged with a crime.   

SPD would like to thank the community member for making the effort to catch a man wanted for murder.  Although the call to police did not result in the arrest of the intended murder suspect it did lead to the arrest of a dangerous criminal unlawfully armed with two handguns.  

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