Suspect Arrested after Attempting to Fire on Officers


Early Sunday morning, Spokane Police Officers were on the scene of a welfare check in the 4500 block of north Whitehouse, when an unrelated call of shots fired came out in the area of Joseph and Ash. While dealing with the call on Whitehouse, the possible suspect in the shots fired call on Ash, Clayton J Williams (21), pulled a gun on officers and attempted to fire, however his handgun malfunctioned. During the course of their investigation, officers determined Williams forced his girlfriend to drive her car while at gunpoint. He was booked into Spokane County Jail for 1st Degree Kidnapping Domestic Violence, 2nd Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Attempted Drive By Shooting.


Sunday, May 7, 2017, at around 3:30am, officers were in the 4500 block of north Whitehouse on a request to check someone’s welfare. At around the same time, there were several complaints of possible shots heard in the area of Joseph and Ash. While officers were dealing with the situation on Whitehouse, a dark colored SUV stopped at the intersection of Princeton/Whitehouse. A male, later identified as Williams, opened the rear passenger door, pointed the handgun towards the officers, and pulled the trigger at least 4 times, each time only making a clicking sound. Officers were able to get the car stopped and took Williams into custody without further incident.

After speaking with the victim of the kidnapping, they determined Williams had been at the party on Ash. He’d then forced the victim to drive away after the shots were fired. It appears at this time she drove toward the officers on Whitehouse in order to get help.

The vehicle he was in was seized as evidence.

Cpl. Teresa Fuller| Graveyard Patrol Team 13| Patrol PIO|Spokane Police Department

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