SPOKANE, Wash.-- Police responded to the shooting Sunday night near 25th and Garfield with full force. Officers said this was protocol based on the call. The affluent neighborhood the call came from was just a coincidence according to SPD.
Authorities said shootings carry the highest priority and the response Sunday night was no different from others. Officer Lydia Taylor said because the suspect was outstanding and at large, the status of the call was even higher, classified as “priority one”.
“We want to get as many people there, especially in this case where we have a suspect at-large that we believe to have left the scene,” Taylor said. “No matter where in the city, if we have a shooting with a victim call, we are going to respond with maximum resources. The same no matter if it happens on the South Hill, or if it happens in Hillyard or West Central”
Police flooded the South Hill neighborhood with officers and a K9 unit.
A similar shooting happened in October 2012 at The Hill N’ Dale Apartment Complex in North Spokane. Authorities said a man shattered the back sliding door to an apartment, shot a man inside, and fled.
North Spokane Resident Julia Makrushina remembers the shooting.
“There were a lot of police here. They were looking for the guy and they blocked the streets and everything, there were a lot of cops,” said Makrushina.
Police said smaller crimes take lower priority when officers are working a shooting scene. Taylor said if there is another incident, where the suspect is already gone, they will still respond. However, it might not be until later, when police are able to pull resources away from the shooting.
Police could not immediately tell us how many officers responded Sunday night, but said they brought maximum resources.