Investigators Locate Armed and Dangerous Shooting Suspect, SWAT Team and Negotiators Called to Assist
Spokane Valley Investigative Unit (SVIU) determined a wanted armed and dangerous shooting suspect was possibly at a residence. A perimeter was established while the SWAT Team and Negotiators responded to the scene. Several people at the location were briefly detained, including the shooting suspect, without incident.
On July 6, 2022, at approximately 3:50 pm., Spokane Investigative Unit Deputy West gained information that the suspect, 26-year-old Christopher J. Huntsinger, was possibly at a residence in the 5500 block of E. Eastwood.
Huntsinger was wanted for a shooting that occurred on October 7, 2021, at approximately 9:30 pm, in the area of Sprague Avenue and Adams Road. In that incident, callers reported hearing several gunshots and vehicles fleeing the area. Deputies responded and located spent shell casing.
Approximately 10 minutes later, MultiCare Valley Hospital advised a male arrived with a gunshot wound. The victim was dropped off by a male who fled the area.
Major Crime Unit Detectives responded to the scene to continue the investigation.
The adult male victim received potentially life-threatening wounds but was later released from the hospital and now recovering.
Last week, Major Crimes Detective Dean Meyer developed probable cause to charge Huntsinger in relation to the October 2021 shooting. Huntsinger, a convicted felon (Robbery 1st Degree 2018) and prohibited from possessing firearms, was wanted for two counts of Assault 1st Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree.
Huntsinger was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for the listed charges.
This remains an active investigation.