Colville attempted murder suspect arrested

KREM 2's Danamarie McNicholl Carter updates us on a search for a man who attempted to shoot a deputy Wednesday morning.

COLVILLE, Wash. -- The Stevens County Sheriff's Office have arrested the man accused of shooting at a deputy Wednesday morning.
 
UPDATE: The shooter has been arrested, and is in custody.
Around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Richard Hawley was taken into custody in Colville.
 
SCSO deputies and Colville City Police confirmed they were looking for Richard Hawley, who had a warrant out for his arrest. 

Around 12:30 a.m., a deputy located Hawley. Sheriff Kendle Allen said the man then led deputies on a short pursuit. 

Allen said Hawley got out of his vehicle and shot at a deputy. Allen confirmed the deputy did return fire as Hawley ran down a nearby alley. 

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for anyone providing information that leads to the arrest of Hawley.

Colville resident Kevin Hennigan said he was woken up by the sound of gunshots.

"No sooner than I had laid my head down on the pillow, I had taken my hearing aids out and I heard this thump thump thump thump. And what it reminded me of was being on one side of a sandbag and hearing rounds hit a sandbag. I think a lot of veterans can understand what that sounds like, especially if you were in the infantry," said Hennigan.

Hennigan said his important plans for Wednesday morning were derailed by the incident. He said he was supposed to head to the VA for help with his PTSD.

Hennigan said when he heard the shots, he knew something was wrong.
 
"I got up and I walked out here and I had bullet holes in the back of my car exiting the back windshield of my car," said Hennigan.
 
Hennigan said he was devastated by what he saw because it was his mother's car.

As of 12:00 p.m., the suspect is still at large. Deputies have set up a K9 track in the area as they continue to search for him. 

Officers said an apartment associated with Hawley had been searched, but he was not located.  

Law enforcement said Hawley is considered armed and dangerous. If he is seen, he should not be approached.

Officials said Hawley is wanted for attempted murder of a police officer. He was originally wanted in Ferry County for attempted murder. 

Officials said Colville School District was closed Wednesday because the incident took place near an elementary school. They will reopen on Thursday. A school board meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed until October 2. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS.

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