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Major Crimes Detectives Need Information & Your Help
Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives ask for your help locating 48-year-old Daniel L. Johnson who is suspected of binding an adult female, assaulting her, and then shooting her. Johnson also fled from deputies and should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding this disturbing and violent crime or knows of Johnson’s location is urged to call 911.
Yesterday evening, at approximately 11:55 p.m., Spokane Valley Deputy Spencer Rassier noticed a vehicle with its turn signal activated stopped on Adams south of Broadway. As he drove past the vehicle, the turn signal went off and the vehicle accelerated rapidly. Believing the driver’s actions were suspicious and appeared to be an attempt to flee contact, Deputy Rassier turned around to investigate but lost sight of the vehicle.
He located a set of tail lights in an alleyway between a shop and a residence located near the 14600 block of E. Broadway. As Deputy Rassier pulled in behind the vehicle, he observed it was the same Chrysler Sebring he observed fleeing moments before. Finding the vehicle abandoned, he quickly checked the VIN number and learned it had not been reported as stolen. He observed a pump action shotgun sitting on the passenger front seat, what appeared to be blood and a cellphone on the ground by the driver’s door.
Due to exigent circumstances and not knowing if someone was injured or shot, assisting deputies checked the unlocked phone for information. The phone opened to a video of a woman who appeared to be tied up against her will and being assaulted.
Believing there was a victim who was injured and in desperate need of help, deputies began searching the area, notified local hospitals and called out Major Crimes Detectives.
Deputies soon learned an adult female, who appeared to have been assaulted and shot, arrived at a local hospital. Detectives contacted her and learned her injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening.
This investigation is active and detectives have identified the suspect as the victim’s boyfriend, Daniel L. Johnson. Johnson is currently wanted for Assault 1st Degree (DV) and Unlawful Imprisonment, but additional charges are expected. He has a history of being armed and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Johnson is described as a white male, approximately 6’02”, medium build with short red hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information regarding this violent assault, Daniel L. Johnson’s location, or has information regarding Johnson’s criminal activities leading up to this incident is urged to call 911.