Spokane police shoot suspect in cell phone store robberies

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A suspect in a string of recent robberies is expected to survive his injuries after being shot late Friday by two Spokane police officers, a police news release said.

The Spokesman-Review said the injured suspect was not identified.

Officers responded around 11:30 p.m. Friday a report that a suspect in a number of armed robberies at local cell phone stores was in northeast Spokane, the release said. The suspect and another man are believed to have robbed three stores last week, police said.

Police found one of the two robbery suspects in a car with an uninvolved person. The suspect also had a warrant for escaping community custody on an unrelated first-degree robbery conviction, the release said.

When officers moved in to detain the robbery suspect, police say they saw a firearm. The other person in the car left the car, the news release said.

Officers tried to deescalate the situation before shooting the man, the release said. He was detained and then taken to a local hospital. He's expected to survive, police said.

Police say they found a firearm in the suspect’s car.