SPOKANE, Wash. – A Spokane County deputy and his K9 partner located a stolen firearm that they believe was ditched by a fleeing suspect Saturday night.
A Spokane Valley deputy stopped a car with no rear license plate in the area of Sprague and Dearborn at 7:00 p.m. Officials said when the car stopped a passenger, later identified as Brent Baughman, 30, fled on foot. As he ran, authorities said he appeared to keep one or both hands if the front pocket of his hoodie, which seemed to be weighed down by something.
Officials said the female driver said she did not know the passenger and said she had picked him up at an auto parts store. Deputies said there was a temporary tag in the rear window but it could not be seen because of the tint and angle of the glass. The deputy ended the traffic stop and went to search for Baughman.
Shortly after, a deputy who responded to the area to help was contacted by a worker in the area. The witness said he saw a man run past him in a parking lot and gave a description that matched Baughman. The witness said he was going south through the parking lot of McDonald’s located at Sprague and Havana.
Officials said a deputy located Baughman walking near Havana and 2nd. When the deputy contacted him, officials said he put his hands in the air. Officials said at first, Baughman acted like he was not in the vehicle but later admitted he ran because he had a warrant for his arrest. The deputy asked if he ditched anything when he fled and Baughman said no.
Authorities then confirmed he had a warrant for his arrest for a felony Department of Corrections warrant for escape community custody and a misdemeanor for resisting arrest/malicious mischief. He was the booked into the Spokane County Jail.
Deputy Gorham, Deputy Tyler Kullman and K9 Khan returned to the area where Baughman initially fled the traffic stop. K9 Khan then tracked the location to look for any items Baughman may have dropped. He led investigators to a large clump of bushes near where the witness first saw Baughman. A deputy looked in the bushes and saw the butt end of a black handgun. Officials ran the serial number of the gun and learned it was stolen during a vehicle prowl.
Authorities said the gun was collected as evidence to be checked for fingerprints and possibly DNA evidence to prove Baughman had it in his possession. Baughman could face additional charges of possession of a stolen firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm depending on the results of the forensic examination.