Unprovoked Shooting Leaves One Dead

Cpl. Nick Briggs, PIO

Monday, December 13, 2021 at 5:14 p.m.

Seemingly unprovoked shooting leaves one dead in northwest Spokane

On 12-11-21 a little after 7PM, SPD patrol officers responded to the 1300 block of W Shannon regarding a shooting. Inside a residence, officers located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers provided first aid, including CPR, until SFD and AMR medics took over care. Regrettably, the victim succumbed to their injuries.

SPD officers interviewed witnesses and learned that the suspect was an acquaintance of former tenants at the location. Preceding the shooting, the suspect arrived uninvited and entered the residence without being let in. Witnesses indicated that the suspect was talking nonsensically which included speaking to people that weren’t physically present and expressing thoughts of extreme paranoia.

According to witnesses, the suspect, without provocation, produced a handgun and shot the victim. The victim was visiting the residence and there is no indication the suspect and victim knew each other. Individuals familiar with the suspect indicated they knew him to abuse drugs and act unpredictably.

A short time after the initial incident, SPD received another shooting report a couple blocks away. The original shooting suspect was located with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The suspect was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The victim will be identified by the medical examiner’s office.

The suspect is expected to survive, but is in critical condition. His identity will not be released until he is medically cleared for booking into Spokane County Jail, or is formally charged in another manner.

Incident 2021-20212185

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