More details in shooting of 2 Wash. deputies

A felon helped hide the man who shot two Spokane deputies Tuesday


By Meghann M. Cuniff
Spokane Spokesman Review

SPOKANE, Wash. — A Spokane man shot in the leg during a home-invasion robbery last month was with a fugitive just before he opened fire on two sheriff's deputies Tuesday.

That information, contained in court documents filed late Thursday, gives the clearest picture yet of what led up to Charles Robert Wallace's decision to shoot two deputies. The documents also show that agents monitoring Wallace believed he could turn violent if confronted by law enforcement.

Robert Lee "Bo" Ruth, 42, is in jail, accused of helping Wallace, a suspected heroin trafficker, hide from law enforcement after Wallace walked away from court-ordered drug treatment in Spokane Valley.

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