SPD Officer who was Shot, Released from the Hospital
Two Suspects Booked into the Spokane County Jail
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives continue investigating yesterday’s drive-by shootings where an SPD Officer was shot. The SPD Officer, who received wounds to his head and upper leg, was upgraded to stable condition and later released from the hospital.
The two suspects attempted to flee in a vehicle and then on foot after the driver crashed, disabling the car. Both suspects were taken into custody by responding SPD Officers.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit, working with the Spokane Police Department Major Crimes Unit, was requested to lead the investigation into this incident, which involves several scenes.
On June 26, 2022, at approximately 2:00 pm., Spokane Police Officers responded to a reported drive-by shooting of a residence in the 1600 block of E. Garland Avenue. Minutes later, a separate report of another drive-by shooting was reported at a home located in the 3000 block of N. Martin Street.
In both incidents, the suspects reportedly fled the scenes in a black or dark blue car.
As SPD Officers responded and arrived in the areas of the shootings, an SPD Officer reported a vehicle matching the suspect’s, was rapidly approached the Officer’s marked patrol car (traveling N/B on Perry). Initial information indicates the suspects’ vehicle appeared to be chasing and even attempted to pull alongside the patrol car. The suspects began firing and struck an SPD Officer, also in a fully marked patrol car, traveling in the opposite direction (S/B on Perry).
SPD Officers responded to the wounded Officer’s location, near E. Empire Avenue and N. Perry Street, and immediately provided medical aid.
The suspects fled in the vehicle, which additional SPD Officers quickly located, a black 2014 Chrysler 300, and a pursuit was authorized due to the violent nature of the crimes and the need to apprehend these suspects for the safety of the community.
The suspects crashed into a tree near N. Nevada and E. Liberty. They failed to follow the commands of multiple SPD Officers who attempted to block any avenue of escape. Although damaged, the suspects were able to flee again, later losing control and ending up in the front yard of a residence near E. Dalton Avenue and N. Standard Street.
The suspects continued their attempt to escape on foot but were quickly taken into custody by pursuing SPD Officers in the area of E. Dalton Avenue and N. Standard Street.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and Spokane Police Department’s Major Crimes Units were called to the scenes to investigate these incidents and determine if they were gang related.
The suspects were identified as 22-year-old Ray A. Wynecoop and 21-year-old Isaac A. Ott. Both Wynecoop and Ott are convicted felons and prohibited from lawfully possessing firearms.
Wynecoop shows felony convictions for Attempting to Elude a Law Enforcement Vehicle (two counts), Burglary 1st Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary 1st Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, and Attempted Residential Burglary. He is also under Washington State Department of Corrections supervision.
Ott shows felony convictions for Robbery 1st Degree, Residential Burglary, and Burglary 2nd Degree. He is also under Washington State Department of Corrections supervision.
Both Wynecoop and Ott were booked into the Spokane County Jail for Murder 1st Degree (Attempted), Assault 1st Degree, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree. Wynecoop received an additional charge of Attempting to Elude a Law Enforcement Vehicle.
Investigators recovered a discarded semi-auto pistol near the first crash scene near N. Nevada and E. Liberty.
The injured SPD Officer was treated at the hospital for his head and upper leg wounds and has since been released.
No additional information is available at this time as this remains an active and ongoing investigation. Additional charges are expected as it continues.
Spokane Police Department’s Release from June 26, 2022:
SPD officer shot after responding to drive-by shooting incidents
Despite being shot and sustaining multiple injuries, our SPD officer is in stable condition and recovering tonight.
On 06-26-22, just before 2PM, SPD officers were called to the 1600 block of E Garland regarding a drive-by shooting. Occupants of a vehicle reportedly fired shots at a residence and fled the scene. Officers immediately flooded the area attempting to locate the suspects and find any victims. Less than fifteen minutes later, a second drive by shooting was reported in the 3000 of N Martin St.
As officers were coordinating their response to the Martin St. location, an officer reported that a suspect vehicle was rapidly approaching their marked police vehicle. Almost immediately, the suspect vehicle opened fire on at least one patrol car, striking an officer.
After the officer was shot a vehicle pursuit ensued; some officers immediately began providing medical aid to our wounded officer, while others began attempting to apprehend the dangerous suspects. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle crashed but was not immobilized; the suspects continued to flee in the vehicle before crashing again. The suspects immediately began fleeing on foot, however officers quickly took the two individuals into custody. At least one firearm has been recovered.
No citizens were injured during these incidents.
This is an on-going investigation, and all information is preliminary. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is taking the lead role in the criminal investigation of the suspects’ actions. The investigation will include determining if any other individuals were involved, however no additional suspects are currently being sought. The arrested suspects’ identities, charges, and pertinent information will be released at a later time.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents (including surveillance footage), and who has not spoken with investigators, is asked to call crime check at 509-456-2233.
We would like to thank the community for their support following this incident. These violent acts are not a representation of Spokane as a whole, and we will continue to work to make Spokane a safer place for all. Tonight, we are thankful our friend and colleague has a positive prognosis.