SPD Arrests Suspect in Shooting Incident

Cpl. Nick Briggs, PIO

Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 8:32 a.m.

SPD arrests suspect in shooting incident, along with related previous violent episodes

On 01-02-24, SPD patrol officers responded to a shooting incident in the 4100 block of W Francis Ave in Northwest Spokane. Initial information was that shots had been fired, a male was potentially injured, and the suspect had retreated into a residence that contained at least one adult woman and several children.

Upon arriving, officers promptly entered the residence in order to protect the potential victims from the reportedly armed assailant. Officers quickly located the suspect, later identified as 44-year-old Torin Harrington, as well as several children and adults who had sought shelter in order to protect themselves from the suspect.

A short distance away from the scene, officers located an adult male suffering from an apparent non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Officers immediately rendered aid until care could be transferred to medical personnel who later transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment.

Through the course of the investigation, officers learned that the incident had begun the night before (New Years Eve) as a domestic violence incident. Harrington allegedly accosted a female acquaintance, struck her with a firearm, and forced her into a vehicle before driving around the City. The next day Harrington allegedly returned, burst into the residence, and subsequently shot the adult male who was a friend of Harrington’s female acquaintance. Harrington also reportedly threatened and pointed the firearm at other individuals inside the residence.

Harrington was arrested for four counts of Assault 2nd Degree, one count of Assault 1st Degree, and Kidnapping 1st Degree. At the writing of this release he remains detained in the Spokane County Jail.  


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