Domestic Violence Incident Turns Deadly

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Domestic Violence Incident Turns Deadly

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies, Major Crime Detectives, and Forensic Unit personnel remained at the scene of two incidents that appear to be Domestic Violence related.   A juvenile female victim was transported to the hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries.  An adult male, believed to be the suspect, was later discovered in a vehicle a short distance away, suffering what appeared to be a self-inflicted life-threatening gunshot wound.  He was transported to the hospital and is in critical condition.  Major Crimes Detectives continue their investigation of this deadly incident.             

On November 26, 2023, at approximately 4:40 pm, Spokane County Deputies responded to reports of a female in the middle of the road in the 1000 of N. Prentis Street in Medical Lake.  The caller stated the victim appeared to be seriously injured, but how she was injured was unknown.

Deputies and Spokane County Fire arrived and provided medical aid.  She was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Initial information gained from witnesses and family members indicated the victim was contacted outside the residence by an adult male sibling.  The sound of a gunshot or vehicle backfire was reportedly heard just before the adult male’s vehicle, a Mustang, was observed quickly leaving the area just before the discovery of the victim.

At approximately 5:00 pm, a Mustang was reportedly parked on the 7200 block of N. Graham Road in Medical Lake.  To the caller, the driver’s side window of the car appeared to be shattered by a gunshot, and there seemed to possibly be someone inside.   

Deputies and Fire arrived at the scene and found the suspect in the driver’s seat, slumped over with what appeared to be a pistol in his hand.  Medical treatment for a life-threatening injury was provided, and he was transported to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Initial information learned during the early stages of this investigation indicated this deadly incident appears to be a murder/attempted suicide, and Major Crimes Detectives continue to investigate.

Detectives do not believe any suspects are outstanding or there is any ongoing threat to the public concerning this incident.   

Anyone with information about this incident who has yet to be contacted by law enforcement is asked to call Crime Check at 509-46-2233, reference #10177218. 

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the decedent, along with the cause and manner of death, at a later time when appropriate.  

Corporal Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer

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