Community Comment

TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2008, 5:36 P.M.

Our Police Our Selves 09/16/2008

Contact : Cpl Jon Strickland
Date : 9/15/2008
Incident #: 08-283214

At 1:56 this afternoon, Spokane Police officers, Spokane County Sheriff's deputies, and a Sheriff's K-9 unit responded to the 8500 block of North Standard in the City of Spokane after the son of the homeowner telephoned 911 stating he had found a burglar inside his home.

The son further added that when the burglar surprised him on the stairway as he was entering the home, the burglar swung a hammer at his head. The force used to swing the hammer was so great that had it struck the victim, it would have seriously injured the victim or even been fatal. The only reason the victim was not struck is he had enough forethought to drop to the floor when the burglar swung the hammer. The suspect then fled out the rear door on foot.

Once officers arrived into the area, they began a systematic search of the surrounding area. As a precaution, Shiloh Hills Elementary School was locked down for a short time for the safety of children and staff.

Twelve minutes after the initial 911 call, Cpl Mike Carr spotted the suspect and three other males running from inside Lilac Lanes, which is located near Nevada and Magnesium Road. Officers chased the suspects on foot in the nearby apartment complex where two of them were apprehended. The other two suspects were not immediately located.

Two juvenile males, both 16-years old, were booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center for 1st Degree Burglary, a Class "A" felony.

The 21-year old victim stated he feels lucky and knows this could have turned out very differently.

Sure. They could have tried to break and enter the home of an alert NRA member and got themselves Blue Crossed by a 12 gauge Mossberg shotgun.

Contact : Ofc. Teresa Fuller
Date : 9/14/2008
Incident #: 08-282424

At approximately 8:00 pm last night, patrol officers responded to a possible shooting at the Maplehurst Apartments in the 400 block of south Maple. Witnesses on scene said there had been an altercation between two males and a female in a public hallway of the building. Several witnesses also reported hearing at least one gunshot.

When officers arrived on scene, they found blood in the hallway and were able to locate one of the males involved as well as the female. Neither of them had sustained injuries consistent with the blood that was found at the scene. Officers were originally unable to locate the injured male. It was determined at this time the injured male may have been stabbed rather than shot. Officers did find and remove several firearms from the location.

At approximately 11:00pm, the other male arrived at an area hospital and was admitted for his injuries. He is in stable condition at this time. It does appear he was stabbed, not shot. It is unknown at this time how the parties are related. The investigation into exactly what led up to the altercation as well as any future charges against the parties involved is still ongoing. The people directly involved with the altercation have all been located, but anyone with further information about this incident can call 242-TIPS.


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