NRA documentary features local deputies wounded last June

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 1 at 6:42 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A new documentary features two Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies who were shot last June while on duty.

The National Riffle Association created the video for their “Life of Duty” digital network. The documentary features Deputy Matt Spink and Deputy Michael Northway in a video called “Patriot Profiles, Catch and Release.” The video is the first on camera interview for either deputy since being shot.

Both men were shot in June 2012 during a traffic stop in north Spokane County. The suspect, Charles Wallace, fled the scene. Wallace led authorities on a high speed chase and later killed himself. 

Spink and Northway speak about their recovery, injuries and what led up the shooting in the documentary. Deputy Spink said they pulled their patrol car behind an SUV. The pair believed the SUV had associated of a wanted felon. Yet, Spink never expected to find the felon, Wallace, inside of the vehicle.

“The front passenger door pops open facing us,” said Spink, “he says’ let's go boys’ and he’s shooting and I'm hit.”

Spink went on to describe the gunshot wound as a hot poker in his leg. Authorities said Wallace fired nine rounds. One hit Spink’s upper high. Four other rounds hit Northway’s arms and legs.

“I do remember lying on the ground, my feet in front of me firing at Charlie Wallace as he's running away, he's firing back,” said Dpt. Northway.

The complete video with the interviews is posted online.

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