Ofc. Craig Hamilton
Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 7:38 p.m.
About 1248 on Thursday afternoon, Spokane Police officers responded to a report of a woman waving a gun, threatening to shoot employees, at Green Star Cannabis, 1403 N. Division. Officers arrived as the female left the business in a newer Subaru Legacy. They attempted a traffic stop on the female but she refused to stop and fled S/B into the downtown core of the City at a high rate of speed. For the safety of the public, officers terminated the attempted stop.
A few minutes later, an officer saw the female suspect continuing to drive in a reckless manner without the police around but this was back on the north side of the river. She continued to flee, drove through a yard, and was involved in a hit and run collision prior to police being around her.
Eventually officers were able to put a stop to her extremely dangerous, unprovoked behavior and driving, by boxing her car in as she got held up in some light traffic in the Audubon area of Spokane. She was taken into custody without further incident. She did have a realistic replica handgun stuffed in the back of the waistband of her pants, which turned out to be BB gun.
A SPD officer/vehicle was involved in a minor injury collision near 3rd/Stevens, while attempting to layout spike strips ahead of the suspect. Only minor injuries were reported.
The female was arrested for the violent felony crime of attempt to elude (3 separate cases), threats to kill, and various misdemeanors.
Attached is the picture of the replica gun she made threats with.
The Spokane Police Department would like to assure everyone that we constantly weigh the need to apprehend the suspect with the risk presented to the public. Unfortunately, the incident was such that the suspect continued to be an extreme risk to the public on her own free will. So when the opportunity arose to bring her reckless behavior to a stop, officers were able to effectively do so.
Officer John O'Brien