Drive-by Shooting Arrest – City of Spokane, Washington

Drive by Shooting Arrest

Julie Humphreys, Public Safety Communication Manager, 509.625.5868

Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 12 pm

SPD makes arrest in a series of drive-by shootings this week

Last night – 5/04/2022 – Spokane Police arrested Gregory Lynch, age 20 and charged him with four counts of Drive-by Shooting, 1st Degree Assault, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. The charges stem from multiple drive-by shootings on Monday night – 5/02/2022 (see attached original media release) – and a drive-by shooting on Tuesday night – 5/03/2022 – in the 1500 block of E. Liberty that have terrorized community members and resulted in one woman being gravely injured. Lynch is believed responsible for firing more than 40 rounds at homes, cars, and neighborhoods in the past two days.

A collaborative effort by multiple law enforcement entities made this arrest possible within 48 hours of the first shooting resulting in a dangerous felon being taken off the streets. The Spokane Regional Safe Streets Task Force was charged with identifying and locating the suspect. SPD resources including SIU (Special Investigative Unit), members of the newly formed Violent Crimes Task Force, SWAT, Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT), K-9 and Drone Teams, and the Domestic Violence Unit all assisted in the arrest of Lynch, with additional help from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Drone Team, Spokane Fire Department, and the Spokane Prosecutors Office.

Law Enforcement teams located Lynch at an apartment in the West Central neighborhood around 8pm. SWAT and HNT members and other resources surrounded the apartment and worked for more than three hours to safely get Lynch to surrender. Ultimately, Lynch exited the house and was taken into custody.

Lynch was booked into the Spokane County Jail. He has three prior felony convictions for assault.

SPD would like to thank our partner agencies and the community members who assisted and provided tips/information in this case.

***The Spokane Regional Safe Streets Task Force is comprised of members of the FBI, Spokane Police Department, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Spokane Valley Police Department, United States Border Patrol, and the Washington State Department of Corrections.***


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