ATF Agent and Suspect Shot in Shootout, 2 Other Suspects at Large
Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl says an ATF agent was shot Friday in a Motel 6 parking lot near the John A. Finch Arboretum.
Meidl said the agent was taken to the hospital. Police said there are three suspects involved. One of them was also shot and taken to the hospital.
Investigators said they are working to track down the other two people involved in the shooting.
“They’re a danger to the officers trying to find them, they’re a danger to the community as well,” Meidl said.
Meidl said the ATF agent was at the motel because they were in the middle of an investigation.
The call came in on S. Rustle St and W. Burch St. Officers said the area will be locked down for several hours.
Spokane Police Department Press Release
SPD responds to assist downed ATF agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigating an OIS involving ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms) agent
On November 5, 2021, at approximately 5:00 pm, SPD received a request for assistance via a shots fired broadcast from the ATF advising one of their agents had been shot at the Motel 6, located in the 1500 block of S. Rustle Street.
SPD officers, SCSO detectives, and additional law enforcement personnel from surrounding jurisdictions converged on the location to assist the wounded agent and contain the scene.
Preliminary investigation from the scene indicates an exchange of gunfire between ATF personnel and at least one suspect. Both the ATF agent and the suspect were transported to local hospitals with gunshot wounds, conditions remain unknown at this time.
SPD SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) and K9 personnel responded to the scene in an attempt to locate and apprehend the outstanding suspects, however were unable to locate them.
The investigation is ongoing. Please refer any additional questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Officer S. Anderson
Spokane Police Department
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