Spokane Police arrest a woman for murder after running a man over

Julie Humphreys, 509-622-5868

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 4:58 p.m.

On 04/09/24 around 7:15pm, SPD officers responded to the area of West Sunset Frontage Road and South Grove Road on a possible deceased person on the side of the road. Officers arrived to find a partially clothed deceased male who appeared to have been hit by a vehicle with the impact throwing him into a nearby fence. Major Crimes collision investigators and detectives were called to the scene and began an investigation. Shortly after the discovery of the deceased male, a number of witnesses called 911 reporting a truck driving erratically nearby on Highway 2 in Airway Heights. Witness reports allowed detectives to identify the reckless vehicle, and through subsequent investigation it was determined that the deceased male was the owner of that vehicle. However, officers were not able to locate the vehicle at that time. Major Crimes investigators determined that it was likely the driver had intentionally hit the man on Sunset Frontage Road.

While investigators were still on scene, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies were alerted to the same truck by a concerned citizen reporting a possible impaired driver. At that time, the association with the death investigation was not known. The vehicle fled from deputies and after a short pursuit, the driver, Alyssa K. Bray (27), was taken into custody. Bray was booked into the Lincoln County Jail for DUI and Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle.

Through further investigation, it was learned that on the evening of April 9th, Bray was walking on Sunset Highway when she accepted a ride in the truck with the male. Investigators believe that shortly thereafter, Bray took possession of the vehicle from the victim and intentionally struck him with his vehicle. Today, 04/16/24, detectives traveled to Lincoln County and arrested Bray for 1st Degree Murder. She was transported to Spokane and booked into the Spokane County Jail. The deceased has been identified by the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office as Gerald R. Fox (70).

This was a complex investigation that unfolded rapidly over a large geographical area. The willingness of concerned citizens to report dangerous and suspicious behavior was critical in allowing investigators to make a timely arrest on this incident.

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