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Two dead in separate but related shootings

Published On: May 16 2013 06:09:10 AM CDT
Updated On: May 16 2013 12:40:34 PM CDT
Grace Shooting
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A deadly shooting in northwest Spokane overnight led Spokane police officers to search for the suspect in the Nine Mile Falls area, where the suspect was shot and killed by officers early Thursday morning.

According to Spokane police, officers were initially responding to reports of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle in the 1500 block of West Grace Avenue just before 1 a.m. Several neighbors in the vicinity told police when they arrived at the scene that they heard gunshots.

Officers found neighbors performing CPR on the victim, who had a gunshot wound to the chest. Paramedics arrived at the scene and transported the victim to Deaconess Medical Center in critical condition where he later died.

Police said witnesses were able to give them a good description of the car and the name of the person they believed was the shooting suspect. That information led police to a house in Nine Mile Falls, which led to a second deadly confrontation approximately 45 minutes after the first shooting.

Officers arrived at the house, located near the intersection of Charles and Ritchey Roads and saw a car matching the description from witnesses and they set up a perimeter around the house.

According to officers, a man came out of the house and confronted them and, at some point during the confrontation, shots were fired and the suspect was killed.

No officers were injured. Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said during a press conference Thursday morning that he could not comment as to what threat the officers faced that led them to open fire on the suspect. He said that, because it's an officer-involved shooting, any information about the Nine Mile Falls shooting will be released by the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team, led by the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

"Right now it does not appear to be any gang involvement. I will see both individuals were known to the police," Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said during a press conference Thursday morning.

Straub added the community does not have to be in fear as police believe the victim and shooter knew each other.

The shooting on Grace Avenue will be investigated by the Spokane Police Department while the officer-involved shooting in Nine Mile Falls will be processed by the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team.

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