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27-Year SPD Veteran Released From Hospital After Being Shot Sunday

SPOKANE – Officer Kris Honaker was shot in the line-of-duty Sunday, June 26, 2022, after responding to multiple drive-by shooting calls. Officer Honaker sustained injuries to his leg and head. Despite the serious wounds, we are happy to report Officer Honaker has been released from the hospital and is beginning to recuperate. Being released from the hospital is a terrific sign, but the steps and timeframe required for recovery are still uncertain.

Officer Honaker began his career with SPD in 1995, and is currently assigned to the patrol division. Throughout his years of service, Officer Honaker has accumulated many accolades including department commendations and letters of gratitude written by citizens. Officer Honaker has served as a K-9 handler, and as a member of SPD’s TAC and CART teams. Among his numerous accomplishments and honors, Officer Honaker is the recipient of SPD’s life-saving award.

Officer Honaker, and SPD, would like to thank the community for the outpouring of support. This is a difficult time for our organization; our friend and colleague was senselessly shot while protecting our community. The public’s reaction has been uplifting to Kris and to the entire department as we move forward together.

ORIGINAL STORY:

SPOKANE – On Sunday, June 26, just before 2 p.m., a Spokane Police Department Officer was shot while responding to a drive-by shooting, however, he is currently in stable condition at the hospital.

SPD officers were called to the 1600 block of E Garland regarding a drive-by shooting. Occupants of a vehicle reportedly fired shots at a residence and fled the scene. Officers immediately flooded the area attempting to locate the suspects and find any victims. Less than fifteen minutes later, a second drive-by shooting was reported in the 3000 of N Martin St.

As officers were coordinating their response to the Martin St. location, an officer reported that a suspect vehicle was rapidly approaching their marked police vehicle. Almost immediately, the suspect vehicle opened fire on at least one patrol car, striking an officer.

After the officer was shot a vehicle pursuit ensued; some officers immediately began providing medical aid to our wounded officer, while others began attempting to apprehend the dangerous suspects. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle crashed but was not immobilized; the suspects continued to flee in the vehicle before crashing again. The suspects immediately began fleeing on foot, however officers quickly took the two individuals into custody. At least one firearm has been recovered.

No citizens were injured during these incidents.

This is an on-going investigation, and all information is preliminary. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is taking the lead role in the criminal investigation of the suspects’ actions. The investigation will include determining if any other individuals were involved, however no additional suspects are currently being sought. The arrested suspects’ identities, charges, and pertinent information will be released at a later time.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents (including surveillance footage), and who has not spoken with investigators, is asked to call crime check at 509-456-2233.