Main and Washington Homicide Update

Spokane Police Department SWAT Officers take homicide suspect into custody following an afternoon shooting in downtown Spokane.  Joel C. Taitch (27) was located blocks away from the crime scene then booked for Murder 2nd Degree. 

This afternoon, just after 5:30pm, Spokane Police Department (SPD) Patrol Officers responded to a report of a shooting with a victim near 100 N. Washington Street.  Citizens were providing CPR to the juvenile victim while others followed Taitch from the scene.

Officers located Taitch in a building at 200 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard.  SWAT safely evacuated citizens from their nearby rooms while containing Taitch who was still believed to be armed with a handgun.

Taitch eventually surrendered to SWAT and was taken into custody without incident.  No citizens, Taitch or officers were injured while making the arrest.  Taitch was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Murder 2nd Degree.

SPD had several specialty units in addition to patrol involved in this incident to bring it to conclusion: SWAT, Major Crimes Detectives, Special Victims Unit, Safe Street Task Force and Hostage Negotiators.  We appreciate the help from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team as well.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Spokane Medical Examiner’s Office once they have completed their examination and once next of kin has been notified.

Update:

SPOKANE COUNTY, October 19, 2018 – The Spokane County Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity and the cause of death of the young man who died at Sacred Heart Medical Center on October 17, 2018, as the result of an incident in the 100 block of N. Washington in Spokane, WA on October 17, 2018

Name: Eddie L. Daniels III
Age: 15 Years
Cause of Death: Gunshot wound to neck – chest
Manner: Homicide

Spokane News first posting of this incident can be found HERE

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