As deputy shooting scene unfolds woman tries to keep kids safe

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Posted on June 20, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 20 at 10:30 PM

SPOKANE-- People in North Spokane say they were frightened after learning the man suspected of shooting two Spokane County Sheriff's deputies was in their neighborhood.

KREM 2's Shawn Chitnis spoke with one woman who rounded up neighborhood kids to keep them safe while the suspect drove off.  Some people ran for safety even before they knew exactly what was happening.

Neighbors living in part of N. Andrews Ct. were too far to see anything where the two deputies were shot, but the suspect and word of what was happening quickly came their way. "I was in the living room with my kids and heard some commotion and saw her car, the black car speed away," said Melissa Veltri.

Seconds later, Veltri connected the two crime scenes just outside her door. "At the same time, the neighbor's kid called and said they had seen some officers down up the road."

She rounded up all the kids in the area and told them to stay inside.  She was still processing what was happening and didn't know what exactly happened. "We were just shocked, just basically stayed inside and knew that we were going to be ok because we were surrounded by police officers."

Later in the afternoon she got a briefing from officials and Wednesday night she and kids in the neighborhood are ready to move forward.

Many of the neighbors we talked to say they're still comfortable about where they live even though they've seen more crime then they would like in this area recently.
 

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