Wounded Spokane Co. Sheriff’s deputies identified, in stable condition


by KREM.com


Posted on June 20, 2012 at 5:36 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 8:59 PM

SPOKANE—Two deputies shot Tuesday were reported to both be in stable condition Wednesday.

The wounded deputies were identified as Matt Spink and Michael Northway.

The deputies were shot by Charles Wallace, 41, during a warrant stop at Newport Highway and Elm in North Spokane.

Deputy Matt Spink suffered a single gunshot wound in the leg, and remained in the hospital as of Wednesday.

Deputy Mike Northway suffered gunshot wounds to each arm and his leg. The most serious injury is to his left arm, where the bullet destroyed an artery causing significant blood loss. Deputy Northway has undergone several surgeries and remains in the ICU.

Two witnesses went over to the deputies and compressed their gunshot wounds. The witnesses say one deputy had two shots to the arms and one to the leg. The other deputy had at least one shot to the leg. The witnesses say the deputies were coherent as paramedics arrived on scene. During a press conference Wednesday Spokane Sheriff Knezovich thanked the good samaritans and said they may have saved Deputy Northway's life.
The Spokane County Chaplains are encouraging citizens wishing to help donate blood for Deputy Northway.  You can donate blood to account #8675 at the Inland Northwest Blood Center, 210 W. Cataldo.
Deputy Matt Spink has been with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office since 1999. The majority of his career has been assigned to the North District as a patrol deputy. For the past 6 years, he has worked in the same platoon as Deputy Northway.
Deputy Mike Northway began as a Corrections Deputy with Spokane County in February 1996. He moved to patrol in May of 1999.