Man who tried to shoot Spokane police officer pleads guilty to federal drug and firearms charges – Dailyfly


(Spokane, WA) – Vanessa R. Waldref, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, today announced that Ray Anthony Wynecoop pleaded guilty on June 26, 2024, to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, one count of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl, one count of discharging a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. United States District Judge Mary K. Dimke accepted Wynecoop’s guilty plea and scheduled a sentencing hearing for September 25, 2024, in Spokane, Washington.

In a plea agreement accepted by the court and in information disclosed during the proceedings, Wynecoop was involved in two separate incidents. First, on December 11, 2021, a Spokane Police Department (SPD) officer observed that Wynecoop, who was driving a white Dodge Charger without license plates, was not using his turn signal. SPD attempted to conduct a traffic stop using his lights and siren. Instead of stopping, Wynecoop began driving erratically in an attempt to evade SPD, including speeding on residential streets. SPD stopped following the vehicle when it became too dangerous.

A short time later, SPD located the Dodge Charger and observed it had been involved in an accident. Wynecoop attempted to flee the scene but was arrested.

During a search of the Charger, officers found a loaded 9mm handgun with a black laser mounted on the end of the barrel, a backpack with Wynecoop’s identification and two more handgun lasers. Officers also found a .380 semi-automatic handgun in the vehicle, as well as a fanny pack containing an ounce of heroin and fentanyl-laced pills.

The second incident occurred on June 26, 2022, when Wynecoop was armed with a .22 caliber handgun that had a loaded high-capacity drum magazine inserted into the firearm. Wynecoop and another man were involved in multiple drive-by shootings. Based on video evidence, they intentionally set off to locate the officer and kill him. Wynecoop and his passenger began to follow the SPD officer, and when a second officer came to their aid, Wynecoop opened fire, shooting the officer in the leg and head. The second man with Wynecoop captured this on video. The officer fortunately recovered from his injuries.

During a search of the vehicle used by Wynecoop in the shooting, detectives found thousands of fentanyl pills, a small amount of heroin and other drug-related items.

On April 5, 2024, Wynecoop was sentenced in Washington State Court to more than 65 years in prison for multiple charges related to the shooting. A federal case has been filed pending resolution of those state charges.

“The violence in this case is shocking. Mr. Wynecoop, a felon who did not have a license to possess a firearm, went on a spree of brutal crimes, including the intentional attempt to kill a police officer. His blatant disregard for the law and the safety of our community put all of us at incredible risk,” said U.S. Attorney Waldref. “I am grateful to the brave men and women of law enforcement who put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect us from those who take dangerous actions like Mr. Wynecoop.”

“This case underscores the importance of our collaboration with federal, state and local partners, including the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington, the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office, to find innovative solutions to take violent criminals off the streets,” said Ron Deist, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Spokane District.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Spokane Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie Van Marter.