Two men arrested after shooting, standoff in N. Spokane

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by BREANNA ROY & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 5:36 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 25 at 1:02 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A shooting investigation led police to a home in North Spokane, where they said a man refused to cooperate with officers.  The standoff ended Wednesday morning after hours of negotiations.

Police said the man, Thomas L. Weatherwax, 25, eventually came out of the house on North Perry and Rowan on his own.  Investigators began questioning the man at the scene and placed him in custody.  Investigators also said another man, Jayme L. Rodgers, 22, had been taken into custody earlier in connection with a shooting Tuesday night on North Market Street.

Nobody was hit in the shooting Tuesday, according to officers.  Investigators said shots were fired during an altercation at the Hillyard Grocery.   The shooting was believed to be gang-related, police said.

During an investigation into the shooting, officers were led to the house on Perry and Rowan early Wednesday morning.  Officers said Weatherwax barricaded himself in the attic of the home and refused to come out.

Police blocked off a section of North Perry from Rowan to Columbia during the standoff.  Investigators said Weatherwax eventually complied with negotiators and was taken into custody safely.

Two search warrants were served on the house and on a car officers followed to the home, resulting in the recovery of two guns, one of which was stolen.  

Each suspect was charged with Drive By Shooting and 1st Degree Assault.  Per Washington State law, a suspect can be charged with Drive By Shooting if the person who fired shots had been transported to or from the location in a vehicle.  In this particular incident, both of the suspected shooters allegedly fled the scene in vehicles.  Additional charges were expected in light of the recovery of the weapons.

All suspects believed to be involved in the shooting were in custody as of Wednesday.

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