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911 call released in Taco Bell death

Gayla Wright, 45, is looking for answers in the death of her brother, Richard Thomas. He was found dead Monday in a cooler at Taco Bell on Monroe Street and Boone Avenue. The picture on her computer screen was taken of him in the past week.   (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gayla Wright, 45, is looking for answers in the death of her brother, Richard Thomas. He was found dead Monday in a cooler at Taco Bell on Monroe Street and Boone Avenue. The picture on her computer screen was taken of him in the past week. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Taco Bell employee 911 call


In a 911 call released Thursday, a Taco Bell employee identified only as Shane asks for police to remove a man who had entered the store’s “employee area.” He said the man was not aggressive, violent or threatening.

“He’s just really shaken up, but we’re always supposed to make sure nobody comes back here, and he just kind of talked himself back here,” the employee said. The employee said Thomas was acting “like he just saw something, like somebody’s after him.”

About a minute into the call, the employee said the man had locked himself in the cooler.
As police await toxicology reports in Richard Tyrone Thomas’ bizarre death, his family is questioning how a man just beginning his second term at Spokane Community College could end up dead in a fast-food restaurant storage cooler.

“He wasn’t a crazed, deranged person out on the street,” said his sister, Gayla Wright. “Something happened at that store, and we don’t know what that is.”

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