SPOKANE, Wash. --- The suspect Spokane police officers in an unmarked car stopped from possibly doing a drive-by shooting on the Union Gospel Mission last week made his first appearance in court on Monday.
Nicholas McRae is charged with attempting to elude, vehicle hit and run and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.
The officers were parked outside of Union Gospel Mission on Trent when they saw a car drive by with what appeared to be an assault rifle pointed out the window, SPD said.
SPD said they pursued the driver – later identified as McRae - up to the Riverpoint campus off Spokane Falls Boulevard. Officers said they were able to do a pit maneuver and he got out of the car and ran away.
McRae was captured and arrested about a half a block away, SPD officials said. No one was hurt in the incident.
A pursuit followed and this patrol car was able to stop the car from going any further just inside the Riverpoint campus. No one was hurt. pic.twitter.com/FwVqUobfRE— DaveSomers (@DaveSomers) June 1, 2017
McRae is a convicted felon, and therefore not allowed to own a gun. However, when police searched his car, they found an AK476 with a drum magazine loaded with 63 rounds of live ammo and a loaded handgun.
After his arrest, SPD said McRae told them he carries the firearm for protection and to “clean up the streets.”
McRae’s bond was set Monday at $400,000. He is scheduled to be back in court later this month for an arraignment.