Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 3:47 p.m.
A suspect wanted for an overnight shooting was located in Northeast Spokane. An Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) resulted.
On September 27, 2020, around 11:45 p.m., Spokane Police Department (SPD) officers responded to a shooting in the area of 1900 E. Desmet Avenue. As officers were en route, SPD received a call from an area hospital that reported a shooting victim had arrived in a private vehicle. Officers secured the scene on Desmet Avenue and responded to the hospital as well.
Major Crimes detectives responded to both locations and took over the investigation. A suspect was identified and probable cause established to arrest Kevin J. Gellnes (42) for Assault 1st degree.
The shooting victim received a serious injury.
Gellnes is a convicted felon which prohibits him from lawfully possessing firearms. His most recent felony convictions are Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. He had an active Department of Corrections warrant for Dangerous Drugs.
Around noon September 28, Gellnes was located in the area of Regal Street and Everett Avenue where he was involved in an OIS with the United States Marshal Service. Officers on scene rendered first aid to Gellnes. He was transported by medics to an area hospital for treatment.
Gellnes will be booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 1st degree, in connection with the shooting of the victim on Desmet Avenue, when possible.
The Spokane Police Department is the managing agency in this incident.
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