Major Crimes Investigating Stabbing of 8-Year-Old Boy,
Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder 1st Degree
Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the stabbing of a juvenile male at HiCo. The suspect, restrained by witnesses and the victim’s father, was arrested by arriving Deputies. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
On November 17, 2018, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the call of two males fighting and a possible stabbing of an 8-year-old boy.
When Deputies arrived at the scene, the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Bruce D. Landahl, was being restrained by witnesses and quickly taken into custody.
Witnesses at the scene stated the victim and his father were at a table inside the store. Landahl entered the store, walked up to the table, and grabbed the victim while he was playing on an I-Pad. Landahl begun stabbing the victim and the victim’s father jumped up to defend his son.
Several witnesses to the incident assisted in restraining Landahl, while others attended to the victim who was bleeding from several wound s, including one to his neck.
Spokane Valley Fire and AMR personnel arrived at the scene and immediately took over medical care.
Due to the random and vicious nature of this violent assault, Major Crimes Detectives were called to the scene to continue the investigation.
Landahl, appeared to be under the influence of alcohol/drugs, was transported to the Public Safety Building to be interviewed by Detectives. During the transport, he continued to be aggressive and attempted to slip his handcuffs but was unsuccessful.
The victim was transported to the hospital where he is in stable condition.
Landahl was booked into the Spokane County Jail for attempted Murder 1st Degree and Assault of a Child 1st Degree.
Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer