Taxi driver finds shooting suspect’s gun on Spokane sidewalk



Posted on January 14, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 6:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—A taxi driver witnessed a shooting suspect throw a gun out of his car window Tuesday morning in Downtown Spokane.  The cab driver said the gun was left on the ground near the Macy’s store, so he got out of his vehicle and put a cone on top of it until authorities arrived.

Police said the entire incident began in North Spokane along West Gardner. Officers responded to a shot fired call in the area. Officers located the suspected vehicle and followed the car to Downtown Spokane. The two suspects attempted to flee and crashed into two other vehicles.

The suspects then fled on foot, were caught and were taken into custody. Spokane police said four firearms were thrown from the suspect vehicle and all were recovered.

Jesus Valencia, 29, and Lloyd Brice, 25, were in custody Tuesday on charges of Drive-By shooting.  Brice was also booked on charges of Felony Hit and Run.  More charges were anticipated.

Cab driver Jimmy Cottier was parked Downtown at Wall and Main when he saw a brown SUV speed by at about 70 mph.

"As they hit the first light at Wall, I saw a black object come flying out of the car,” said Cottier.

That black object ended up being a gun.

"The gun was laying there and no police officer had shown up there. There was a construction cone, so I set it over by the gun to keep people from tripping over it, or walking over it or whatever,” said Cottier.

A construction worker saw another gun come flying out of the car.

“Oh, literally, it landed right next to our dumpster wheel right there. It was feet away, the magazine landed in the dumpster itself,” said Daniel J. Jones.

Valencia and Brice are from Stockton, California and do not have criminal history in Spokane.

There was no victim in the incident.