SPOKANE-- Multiple people ran to help injured deputies on Tuesday in North Spokane. KREM 2's Othello Richards tracked down a woman who ran to help and was just a few feet away when the shooting began.
Tuesday evening Tomi Wheeler was coming around a curve on Elm Street heading to work. She looked up, saw the deputies’ siren lights, and then heard gun shots.
Tomi says she saw the SUV and the shooter, Charles Wallace, and ducked.
The vehicle passed and Wheeler saw two deputies that appeared hurt. “Officer Mike was laying on the ground and Matt was standing up at that point, and I heard him talking on the radio saying we both have been hit, we need backup.”
Wheeler says Northway’s arm bled profusely, and she held the wound. More people in the neighborhood came to help and gave her gauze. “The blood wasn't stopping. I didn't think I was doing it right.”
Wheeler says Deputy Northway let her know what hurt-- his arms, legs, head. He also had trouble breathing.
Tomi said, “He got shot a lot, and the whole time I was thinking, I can't let him die. I can't let him die… I was angry. I was angry at the shooter. I was like, he was just doing his job. Who the hell does he think he is? I don't understand it.”
An ambulance eventually rushed both those deputies to the hospital. The sheriff's office applauds Wheeler's efforts and all those who helped.
Tomi said, “I am someone that did the right thing. I was at the wrong place at the wrong time, or my family would say the right place at the right time.”