UPDATED: Colville shooter caught

Richard Lee Hawley was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 6:50 p.m. for attempted first degree murder of a Stevens County Deputy.

On Sept. 27 around 12:30 a.m., Stevens County Sheriff's Deputies and Colville Police Officers were conducting surveillance at 500 block of E. Birch Colville, where Hawley was believed to be staying as he had a felony warrant for possession of heroin. Officers observed Hawley leave the residence and drive away.

A Stevens County Deputy, now identified as Michael Swim, observed Hawley flee a short distance in a vehicle before jumping out and fleeing on foot.  As Hawley ran, he fired several shots from a handgun at Swim, striking his patrol vehicle in the front passenger area, according to Chief Deputy Brad Manke of the Stevens County Sheriff's Office.

Swim, who is uninjured, returned fire as Hawley continue to flee.

On Thursday, Sept. 29, the Sheriff's Office release information about Swim. Deputy Swim is from the Colville area and has served in the United States Navy for four years prior to returning to Colville when he became a Reserve Police Officer for the City of Colville in 1997. He was hired as a full time officer shortly there-after for the City of Colville, and then transferred to the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office. He has a combined total of almost 20 years law enforcement experience. Swim is a Field Training Officer, certified Taser instructor, and marine deputy for the Sheriff’s Office. He has also been a long-time volunteer for the Colville Fire Department as well as the Stevens County Technical Rescue/Extrication Team.  

Multiple agencies responded to the threat, including Border Patrol, Washington State Patrol, Chewelah Police K9 unit, Kettle Falls Police, Spokane County K9 units and Spokane County Air 1.

Hawley's nearby apartment was search but he was not found until later that night, when he returned to his apartment.

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