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Shooting at the dead

We've had a lot of gun violence in Spokane the past couple of years. It seems that every other weekend or so, someone gets drunk and angry at a party and fires off a gun in a fit of rage.

But this latest report has an interesting twist.

From a Spokane Police Department press release:

Spokane Police Officers responded to a call regarding a gun being fired at Fairmont Memorial Gardens located at 5299 W. Wellesley on (Sunday) at about 1310 hours.  Witnesses in the area described two males in a vehicle pointing a handgun out of a window of a car and firing it at the cemetery.   Officers located the vehicle in the area as it left.  Apparently, the driver of the vehicle became upset at not being able to locate the grave of a family member and fired the handgun out of frustration. 

Jeffrey B Holcomb, 32 years old, was arrested and booked on various charges including DUI, Driving on a suspended license, unlawful discharge of a firearm,  reckless endangerment, and possession of marijuana.   A loaded and cocked handgun was found on the seat of his car when stopped.  Thankfully no one was injured during this incident.

(Spokesman-Review archive photo by Jesse Tinsley shows the cemetery in a more typical peaceful moment)

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