UPDATE: The two deputies shot in yesterday's deadly shooting have been identified as 42-year-old Mike Northway and 45-year-old Matt Spink.
New court documents show Charles Wallace had just been indicted on five additional counts of heroin trafficking, and that he had been armed when police arrested him in April on the initial charges.
The indictment, which includes 17 counts against eight people including Wallace, suggests investigators had been tracking the heroin ring for nearly a year (April 2011 and February of 2012). Wallace is alleged to have been active in the distribution network since at least April of 2011.
What's more troubling, the new indictment charges Wallace with being a felon in possession of a firearm, with agents describing Wallace as armed with a shotgun and pistol when he was arrested two months ago in connection with the initial indictments.
The heroin ring is accused of moving major amounts of the drug through Eastern Washington.
He was released from jail May 31 to attend inpatient drug treatment but authorities say he fled the facility. (I AM WORKING TO CONFIRM THIS DETAIL NOW!)
If Wallace fled the facility then he likely knew he was violating the conditions of his release, a warrant would immediately go out for his arrest, and that's a very good reason why he was so aggressive with the cops.
Plus, if Wallace was convicted, he could have faced at least 15 years in federal prison.
KHQ.COM - Here's what we know about Wallace's Federal Court information.
April 18-19, 2012 - First Complaint filed in Federal court. Docs state beginning in April of last year and continuing through February of this year, Charles Wallace (along with 7 other alleged accomplices) knowingly and intentionally conspired to distribute 100 grams (or more) or heroin.
Accomplices names are as follows: Gary Douglass, Sam Wright, Julie Rice-Lewis, James Lindsay, Frisco Ayala, Chad Benefield, Brian Sellers
May 10, 2012: Federal US District Court magistrate Imbrogno approves inpatient treatment program for Wallace pending an extra pre-trial services report that would address Wallace's release plan. (documents are sealed and don't explain process behind this order).
May 15, 2012: Wallace Indicted, pleaded not guilty
May 25, 2012: Judge denies Government's motion to keep Wallace in jail. Having conducted a bail hearing, court documents say the judge considered the supplemental pretrial services report and based upon those findings believes Wallace DID NOT have to be detained.
The judge cites three reasons:
1.) The Government did not prove Wallace was a flight risk and didn't prove he would not appear in court.
2.) The Government did not give clear and convincing evidence "an absence of conditions to reasonable assure the safety of the community."
3.) Wallace was willing to participate in an in-patient drug treatment program.
May 25, 2012: Docs show Wallace's standard conditions of release. In short, he has to abide all laws, go to all court hearings, notify anyone if he moves, stay in the area, can't fraternize with anyone who is a criminal or had been indicted, he can't use drugs, and he can't own a gun.
The conditions of release also specifically state that Wallace cannot have any alcohol or firearms in the home where he lived. If he violated any of these conditions, US Marshals were supposed to arrest him immediately.
The documents show Wallace was released to "an agent of the inpatient program" on May 31, 2012 at 6pm.
He had to submit to random drug tests.
Wallace did NOT have home monitoring since he was in the inpatient program
Following a successful inpatient treatment program, Wallace was to participate in an intensive, pre-approved outpatient and aftercare program.
May 31, 2012: US Marshals release Wallace to inpatient drug treatment program.
June 18, 2012 (day of Wallace's court hearing and day *before the shooting spree)
>>>Wallace was set to have a status hearing June 18th to decide if he would be released under supervision after in-patient drug treatment program ... including proposed aftercare program. He was set to be released from the inpatient program in TWO WEEKS from this date. (This is the hearing he skipped out on, on Monday)
Yesterday afternoon, two Spokane County Deputies were transported to a local hospital after a suspect; Charles R. Wallace, fired upon them. Regional law enforcement officers converged on the area and within an hour, Wallace had been located. Wallace died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
More Details: Tuesday afternoon, June 19, 2012, Spokane Regional Drug Task Force detectives located a wanted subject; Charles R. Wallace (5/8/71). Detectives requested the assistance of two Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies in order to conduct a traffic stop near Elm St. and Newport Highway.
As soon as the SUV stopped, Wallace, sitting in the front passenger seat, jumped out and began firing upon deputies. Even though both deputies sustained gunshot wounds, they were able to return fire. The driver of the SUV sped away from the scene with a female and child in the back seat. The vehicle was located at Division and Graves, unoccupied. Wallace fled on foot towards 9800 N. Andrews.
"Good Samaritans" provided immediate medical aid to the fallen deputies until medical personnel could arrive.
Wallace was seen entering a vacant home, armed with a handgun, possibly searching for a getaway vehicle. Wallace kicked in the back door of a residence on Andrews, and confronted an 85 year old woman. He threatened her with his handgun, demanding her car keys. While the woman provided the keys to her black Honda Accord.
As the suspect fled out the front door, the victim's screams alerted neighbors. When neighbors attempted to approach the suspect, he threatened them with the handgun and fled in the Honda Accord.
As law enforcement flooded the area searching for the Honda Accord, witnesses were calling in possible sightings. An SPD Detective observed Wallace driving the Honda on Big Meadows Road. When Wallace approached the detective, he fired at the officer but missed.
Wallace continued to exhibit extremely dangerous behavior, having no regard for the safety of citizens and law enforcement alike. He appeared to be very determined to avoid apprehension, while being aware that he was a wanted felon. Wallace's actions dictated law enforcement response for the safety of the community.
As officers continued to pursue Wallace, Air One provided updated locations and information. Citizens yielded to the numerous law enforcement officers actively attempting to stop Wallace, which was critical to officer response.
When Wallace entered Deer Park, a SCSO Detective fired at the suspect in an effort to stop the suspect's threat to the community. Spike strips were deployed by nearby officers, in order to disable Wallace's vehicle. Wallace continued driving the car with malfunctioning tires. Ultimately, Wallace's car struck a guard rail where he committed suicide by a single gunshot wound to the head.
The two injured deputies remain in the hospital receiving treatment. Deputy Matt Spink suffered a single gunshot wound in the leg, and remains in the hospital. Deputy Mike Northway suffered gunshot wounds to each arm and his leg. The most serious injury is to his left arm, where the bullet destroyed an artery causing significant blood loss. Deputy Northway has undergone several surgeries and remains in ICU.
The Spokane County Chaplains are encouraging citizens wishing to donate blood for Deputy Northway. Please donate blood to account #8675 at the Inland Northwest Blood Center, 210 W. Cataldo.
Deputy Matt Spink has been with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office since 1999. The majority of his career has been assigned to the North District as a patrol deputy. For the past 6 years, he has worked in the same platoon as Deputy Northway.
Deputy Mike Northway began as a Corrections Deputy with Spokane County in February 1996. He moved to patrol in May of 1999.
As a reminder, if anyone who may have witnessed something, or has information for the investigation is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.
The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team protocol was activated to investigate this event. The team is comprised of members of the Spokane Police Department, the Washington State Patrol and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.