By Quinn Welsch
SPOKANE, Wash. — The 2 males accused of a collection of drive-by shootings that wounded a Spokane police officer on June 28 had been mentioned to be “mendacity in wait” to focus on police in an try to realize road cred for his or her gangs, in response to newly launched courtroom paperwork.
“This was an assassination try on a police officer,” Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich mentioned. The sheriff’s workplace is investigating the taking pictures.
The 2 males, Isaac Ott, 21, and Ray Wynecoop, 22, filmed themselves in a video that confirmed them planning to intentionally goal police in north Spokane, in response to an affidavit of details launched from Spokane County Superior Court docket. Wynecoop mentioned that he would do it once more if he might get out.
Each males appeared in courtroom Thursday afternoon on quite a few prices, together with conspiracy to commit homicide within the first-degree, two counts of tried homicide, 4 counts of first-degree assault and three counts of drive-by taking pictures amongst others.
“I’ve executed hundreds of those, and I simply acquired to say that I do not bear in mind seeing something like this earlier than,” mentioned Court docket Commissioner John Stine as he presided throughout Ott’s courtroom look. “It appears fairly clear it was deliberate out forward of time and the victims had been particularly staked out, and there is a risk to do it once more when you had been in a position to be launched.”
Stine doubled every of their bond quantities from $1 million to $2 million.
“This was to make a press release,” mentioned Knezovich. “The violence is escalating. Right here, domestically, it has lastly caught up.”
Wynecoop, driving a 2014 Chrysler 300, may be seen holding a .22 caliber Sig Sauer semi-automatic rifle within the video as Ott started filming close to the Logan Neighborhood “copshop,” the courtroom paperwork mentioned.
“Hey, that is Spokane Police (expletive) hangout,” Wynecoop mentioned within the video.
“Bout to shoot this (expletive) up,” Ott mentioned within the video as the 2 pursued Spokane police Officer Michele Kernkamp’s patrol automobile northbound on Perry Road, approaching Empire Avenue.
Seven photographs are fired in lower than two seconds as Officer Kris Honaker’s patrol automobile passes by the intersection of Empire Avenue and Perry Road, in response to courtroom paperwork. Honaker was shot within the leg and a bullet grazed his scalp within the drive-by.
Honaker was handled for the gunshot wounds and launched from an area hospital inside a day of being shot.
Ott and Wynecoop each ducked within the automobile after the drive-by as the 2 scrambled to reload the gun however couldn’t discover extra ammunition, in response to courtroom paperwork. They then fled the scene.
The 2 males crashed the automobile on the intersection of Liberty Avenue and Nevada Road, the place their video ends. They then drove away till they crashed once more at 611 E. Dalton Ave. after which fled on foot till in the end being apprehended by police.
Whereas in jail, Wynecoop instructed somebody over the cellphone: “If you will get me out I can do it once more,” in response to courtroom paperwork. In cellphone conversations he’s heard laughing in his description of the taking pictures and describes himself as a “legend.”
He additionally seems to magnify the taking pictures, telling one particular person throughout a jailhouse name that he “tried to shoot it out with each cop.” On one other jail name he instructed somebody that he emptied “100 rounds.”
Court docket paperwork acknowledged that Ott and Wynecoop are suspected of focusing on two close by homes: 1625 E. Garland Ave., occupied by somebody who allegedly owed Wynecoop cash; and 3008 N. Martin St., the place one other one in every of his acquaintances lived. Ott is claimed to have fired on the Garland tackle and Wynecoop on the Martin tackle, in response to statements from witnesses.
Police responded to the shootings and had been then focused, in response to courtroom data.
Ott is believed to be a member of the Deuce Ave Crip gang and Wynecoop a member of the IPO Bloods gang, in response to investigators.
Gang members in Spokane usually mix collectively as a result of there’s not a big sufficient inhabitants to work independently, mentioned Knezovich. They are going to usually put their variations apart within the pursuit of cash, or on this case, road cred for attacking a police officer, he mentioned.
Wynecoop and Ott are scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 9.
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