Two Arrested on 1st Degree Attempted Murder Charges

Spokane Police Arrest Two shooting suspects for attempted first degree murder related to the July 13th shooting that took place in downtown Spokane.

A Spokane Police, Major Crimes Unit Detective who has been working the case involving the shooting of two Eastern Washington University football players obtained warrants for the suspects on August 22. The shooting took place on July 13th of this year in an alley just off Division Street South of Main. This shooting occurred around 1:00 AM in a crowded part of downtown when hundreds of patrons were exiting local bars and restaurants as the evening came to a close.

Both suspects were taken into custody here in Spokane with the assistance of the SPD Police Anti-Crime teams and Detectives from the Targeted Crimes Unit. Avery K. Francis (26) and Anthony J. Carell (27) were booked into jail on Thursday evening for attempted first degree murder.

Avery has felony convictions, unrelated to this event for Robbery 2nd degree, witness tampering and 2nd degree assault along with multiple other arrests. Anthony has felony convictions, unrelated to this event for 2nd degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and is a registered sex offender. He also has multiple other arrests.

All three units, (MCU, TCU and the PAC team) spent hours after the arrest serving search warrants at multiple locations associated with the suspects. One of the SPD MCU Sergeants expressed great satisfaction with the diligent work of the MCU detective who worked the case. “From the beginning there was little information to work with, the investigator was painstaking as he collected the necessary evidence to solve the case.”

Sergeant Terry Preuninger 

Spokane Police Department  

Communications & Public Information Office  

Assistant Commander – Special Weapons & Tactics Team

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