Bouncer grabbed gun before it fired in downtown Spokane bar

<p><p>A woman was arrested on multiple assault charges after witnesses said she pointed a pistol at a Spokane city bus driver and a bar customer before they wrestled the firearm out of her hands.</p></p><p><p>A Spokane Transit Authority bus driver was between rides around 11 p.m. at Sprague Avenue and Howard Street when he was approached by a visibly distraught woman, according to court records.</p></p><p><p>The woman, identified in documents as Savanna Merrill, 28, began to pull on the driver, he told investigators, so he decided to retreat and close the doors to the bus.</p></p><p><p>He saw her point a gun at the doors and asked the driver to reopen them, according to the affidavit. He saw her then cross the street , the affidavit said.</p></p><p><p> Three witnesses walking along Sprague Avenue around 11:15 p.m. saw a woman head toward Red Room Lounge, 521 W. Sprague Ave., and she appeared to be carrying a gun, according to their accounts in the affidavit.</p></p><p><p>A witness visiting Spokane from out of state was leaving Red Room when a woman holding a pistol confronted and shoved him, according to the affidavit.</p></p><p><p>He told police he saw her display a firearm and point it in his direction before the Red Room bouncer grabbed and lifted the pistol upward.</p></p><p><p>The bouncer told investigators he grabbed the gun and wrestled it away from her once he saw her point it at a bar patron, according to the affidavit. Witnesses heard one gunshot coming from the firearm, according to the affidavit. No one was injured, police said.</p></p><p><p>Another witness told investigators he placed the defendant in a “full nelson” hold before law enforcement arrived to the scene.</p></p><p><p>Spokane police officers arrived on-scene around 11:20 p.m. and learned from witnesses the gun had fired near a bar patron. An officer identified the pistol as a .380-caliber Ruger, according to the affidavit. The officer also observed its slide stuck open with an empty case that failed to eject completely, and one round found in the magazine.</p></p><p><p>Surveillance video from a nearby business showed a woman later identified as Merrill and others engaged in a struggle in front of the lounge, according to the affidavit.</p></p><p><p>Authorities attempted to detain Merrill at the scene and said the suspect kicked another officer twice, according to the affidavit.</p></p><p><p> Merrill was booked into Spokane County Jail on two counts of first-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault for her allegedly kicking a law enforcement officer, according to court documents .</p></p>