SPD Detectives develop probable cause to arrest Astor homicide suspect

Monique Cotton, Police Communications Director, 509.363.8285


Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 11 a.m.


Incident #: 14-0003170

Days after a man was fatally shot at an apartment in the 2200 block of N. Astor, Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives have developed probable cause to arrest 26-year-old Brandon Mellon for 1st Degree Murder. Detectives will be requesting a charge of 1st Degree Murder from the Spokane County Prosecutor. Mellon shot himself in the leg prior to being taken into custody in Pasco and because of his critical medical condition, he is receiving treatment at a hospital in Portland, OR and has not been officially arrested, however is under supervision. Once detectives receive a warrant, they will begin work on the extradition process and officially place Mellon under arrest.

After detectives interviewed witnesses and followed up on other leads, information was developed that Brandon Mellon was a person of interest in the homicide, occurring on the night of January 3rd at 2228 N. Astor.

Through inter-agency collaboration, detectives developed information that Mellon was at a motel in Pasco, WA and had accidentally shot himself in the leg. A gun was recovered at the scene. Mellon was transported to a hospital in Portland with critical injuries and is being treated for those injuries under supervision. Once detectives receive a warrant, they will begin work on the extradition process and officially place Mellon under arrest.

The identity of the homicide victim and the official cause of death will be released by the Spokane County Medical Examiner.



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