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Originally published Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 10:03 PM

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Officials: 2 deputies wounded in Spokane shooting

Spokane authorities say two sheriff's deputies were shot and wounded in the north Spokane area, triggering a 40-mile, high-speed gunfight that ended with the suspect killing himself.

Associated Press

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SPOKANE, Wash. —

Spokane authorities say two sheriff's deputies were shot and wounded in the north Spokane area, triggering a 40-mile, high-speed gunfight that ended with the suspect killing himself.

Spokane Officer Jennifer DeRuwe (DeROO) says the deputies were wounded at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday during a traffic stop. The gunman then carjacked another vehicle and headed north.

Officers from multiple police agencies gave chase, exchanging gunshots with the man until he collided with a patrol car near Deer Park, Wash., after hitting a spike strip. DeRuwe says the suspect then fatally shot himself.

Police did not identify him. The Spokesman Review said he was 41-year-old Charles R. Wallace, who was awaiting trial on heroin trafficking charges. The newspaper says his criminal record included convictions for crimes including burglary and assault.

DeRuwe says the unidentified deputies are hospitalized in stable condition and "both are expected to make a recovery."

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Two sheriff's deputies were shot and wounded Tuesday afternoon in the north Spokane area, triggering a massive manhunt that ended when the suspect killed himself, authorities said.

Spokane County sheriff's deputies, Spokane city police and State Patrol troopers swarmed the area after the shootings. After a chase that led officers north out of the Spokane area toward Deer Park, the male suspect stopped his vehicle and fatally shot himself, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told reporters.

"He is deceased," the sheriff said. He declined to identify the man.

Both the sheriff and Interim Spokane Police Chief Scott Stephens said Tuesday evening that there was no longer any danger to the public.

"There is no other shooter left at large," Stephens said.

The wounded deputies, both men, were in stable condition, the sheriff said. One was taken to surgery at Sacred Heart Medical Center and the other was not expected to need surgery, he added. He declined to identify them.

"They're both quality deputies and they do a great job," he said.

The shooting began with a traffic stop shortly after 4 p.m., said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, a Spokane police spokeswoman. The suspect had a long criminal history, she said.

Police declined to immediately discuss a motive or timeline but said the chaotic afternoon and evening involved six different scenes. Evening rush hour traffic was snarled.

"We're still sorting it out, but everything is under control," Knezovich said.

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