A Spokane man charged with assault after coughing on police officers

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In a pandemic, a cough isn't just a cough. If it's done intentionally, it's assault, Spokane police say, pointing to a case from Wednesday.

It all began when Spokane police got a tip just after noon on Wednesday about a fugitive hiding out at a home in the 4200 block of South Scott Street. When officers arrived, they found 22-year-old Shayden Macri — who's wanted on a felony probation violation out of Idaho — hiding in a bedroom closet, police say.

As officers tried to take her into custody, she started screaming for her 21-year-old brother, Tanner Macri.

"Tanner came downstairs toward the two officers detaining Shayden, and forcibly, intentionally, coughed in each officer’s face," a police press release says. "Tanner attempted to do this again after officers arrested him and were escorting him to a patrol car to be taken to jail."

Tanner Macri was booked on two counts of third-degree assault on law enforcement officers, one count for each officer, police say. Shayden Macri was booked on a misdemeanor warrant and as a fugitive for the warrant out of Idaho.

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Jacob H. Fries

Jacob H. Fries is the editor of the Inlander. In that position, he oversees editorial coverage of the paper and occasionally contributes his own writing. Before joining the paper, he wrote for numerous publications, including the Tampa Bay Times, the Boston Globe and the New York Times. He grew up in Spokane Valley...