The suspect in a July 10 savage shooting and chase near Moses Lake faces serious charges.
The Quincy Police Department is helping with the investigation
Due to transparency and fairness requirements, no one from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office or the Moses Lake Police is involved in the investigation. On the afternoon of July 10, Robert Gwinn, 42, was spotted driving a 2010 Nissan Altima by Grant County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Tyson Voss and Nic Dirks. They were assisting bail bondsmen from Spokane, who are trying to apprehend Gwinn near Moses Lake.
Gwinn had stopped in an alley on Stratford Road NE and Deputy Voss had stopped to make contact. Gwinn then jumped out and fired several shots at the still moving patrol car. Deputy Voss fired back when Deputy Dirks arrived on the scene.
Gwinn then walked into a store on the property and shot the officers again. He then entered the house and was confronted by an armed owner who ordered him to leave. He just stole a set of keys and drove off in the owner’s Jeep.
The Moses Lake officer drops off the suspect with a pit maneuver.
Gwinn sped through an outgoing field near Hwy 7 NE (highway) where Moses Lake Buescher’s PD Corporal used his patrol car to turn the Jeep, it flipped onto its side. Gwinn received first aid from officers, then was transported to Moses Lake Hospital.
He now faces the following charges (from the Quincy PD): attempted 1st degree murder, 1st degree assault, 1st degree burglary, and 1st degree unlawful possession of a firearm. These are in addition to his previous arrest warrants.
The Columbia Basin investigative team working on this case includes officers from PD Quincy, Ellensburg and Ephrata, WSP and the Adams County Sheriff’s Department.