Man Arrested for Threats and Shooting into the Floor of House
Spokane Valley Deputies arrested a male suspect Friday evening after he fired a weapon into the floor of his home and threatened to kill three people. The suspect was charged with three counts of felony Harassment and one count of Assault 1st Degree.
On October 19, 2018 at approximately 9:55 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of shots being fired in the area of the 2900 block of N. Joel Road.
Approximately 15 minutes later, Deputy Paul Ouimette, who was not responding to the call, was flagged down by three people in a vehicle near Sprague and Sargent. Two of the occupants stated they were inside a house on Joel Road when the suspect, later identified as 48-year-old Gregory W. Henning, became angry, shot a handgun into the floor of a bedroom near one of the victim’s feet and threatened to kill him, his mother and his girlfriend. The victim explained his mother was safe and was not at the residence at the time of the incident.
The victim explained Henning, his stepfather, was sitting on the couch when he arrived at the home with his girlfriend. Henning became agitated and started calling the victim names and blamed him for Henning’s marital problems while the victim and his girlfriend sat on the bed playing video games. Henning then apologized to them both and pulled a small handgun from his pocket, firing two times into the floor next to his stepson’s feet and said he was going to kill them and his mother. Henning fired again into the floor. Henning had them both walk out on the patio of the residence. During this time, both victims, afraid for their lives and intimidated, were told to fire the weapon which they did several times. As Henning went to put the firearm away, both victims fled the residence and soon after flagged Deputy Ouimette down to report the incident.
The Deputies at the residence on Joel had a perimeter setup and attempted to make contact with Henning without success. The SWAT Team was responding while PA announcements were made advising Henning, or anyone else inside, to exit the residence with their hands visible. At approximately 11:00 p.m., Henning exited the front door and was taken into custody without further incident.
The SWAT Team’s response was cancelled and Major Crimes Detectives were called to the scene to obtain a search warrant for the residence and continue the investigation.
Thankfully, no one was injured during this incident. Henning was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for 3 counts of felony Harassment and Assault 1st Degree.
Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer