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Drug trafficker sentenced to 65 years after intentionally shooting Spokane police officer

SPOKANE, Wash. – A man who went on a “violent criminal spree” has been sentenced to over 65 years in prison for charges related to intentionally trying to kill a police officer and drug trafficking.

Ray Wynecoop pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, possession with intent to distribute, discharge of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charges stem from two separate incidents involving Wynecoop.Wynecoop was first arrested in December 2021 after leading police on a high-speed chase into a stolen Dodge Charger.When police determined the chase was too dangerous, they backed off. Shortly after, Wynecoop crashed the car and fled the scene but was eventually arrested.When police searched the Charger, they found a loaded gun with a black laser mounted on it. In Wynecoop’s backpack, they found two more lasers, another gun, heroin and fentanyl. In 2022, police then reported that Wynecoop was involved in multiple drive-by shootings and even intentionally set out to find and kill a police officer. In his second offense In June 2022, Wynecoop and a passenger intentionally followed a Spokane Police officer and engaged in a shooting. A second unit arrived to assist the officer, but Wynecoop shot the officer in the head and leg while the passenger videotaped the incident. Police searched Wynecoop’s car after arresting him and found thousands of fentanyl pills, a small amount of heroin and other drug-related items. Wynecoop pleaded guilty to his charges in connection with the shooting and was sentenced to 65 years in prison.”The violence in this case is shocking . Mr. Wynecoop, a felon who was not allowed to possess firearms, went on a violent criminal spree that included a premeditated attempt to kill a police officer,” said US Attorney Waldref. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Spokane Police Department. Wynecoop was initially sentenced for his crimes in April, and his recent plea was in connection with his federal offenses.

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