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Pelican shoots man, claims self defense

While no charges have been filed, deputies continue to investigate the case of an estranged Spokane Valley husband who was shot in the knee today by a man who was living in his wife’s garage.
Spokane Valley deputies responded at about 11 a.m. today to the 1200 block of North Bannen Road on the call of a shooting. When they arrived, they found 37-year-old Justin Chapman with a gunshot wound that fractured his kneecap, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin said in a news release.
The deputies spoke with Chapman, who explained that he and his wife had been separated at the same time she had allowed 41-year-old David Pelican to live in their garage.
“Angered that Pelican was in his garage, Chapman kicked the back door in to the garage and an altercation ensued between he and Pelican,” Chamberlin wrote.
The fight ended and the men separated. But Chapman “became enraged” and walked back to the garage a second time.
“Pelican told deputies he was in fear for his life and chose to shoot two .22 caliber rounds from a handgun at Chapman’s legs,” Chamberlin said.
Pelican said he fired the shots because he feared Chapman may kill him. Chapman was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
While Pelican has not been charged, Chamberlin said the shooting remains under investigation.

Chattaroy sex offender sought

A convicted sex offender from Chattaroy is being sought after a Spokane County Sheriff’s investigation alleges that he had been providing alcohol and drugs to juvenile females before groping them.

Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin said detectives raided the home of 42-year-old Leslie Morgan, who lives near the 24000 block of North Elk-Chattaroy Road.

“He was out of state when we served the search warrant” on Thursday, Chamberlin said.

The warrant followed a two-month investigation following allegations that Morgan provided marijuana, alcohol and hallucinogenic mushrooms to girls and then groped them.

The search warrant Thursday found a large marijuana grow in Morgan’s home and other evidence previously identified by the female victims, Chamberlin said.

Morgan has convictions in California for the same type of activity, Chamberlin said.

Detectives have warrants seeking to charge Morgan with four counts of delivery of a controlled substance with sexual motivation and one count of child molestation in the third degree. Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues, Chamberlin said.


Sheriff’s Office touts new task force

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office issued statistics Thursday indicating that an on-going effort to target criminals responsible for residential burglaries has begun to pay off.

Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin said reported burglaries have decreased in unincorporated Spokane County by about 8 percent when comparing June’s numbers to those reports from July of this year.

And the drop is about 40 percent when comparing the first two weeks of July compared to the first two weeks of August.

In Spokane Valley, where the sheriff’s office contracts police services, that same July to August time period saw a 27 percent decrease in burglary reports.

“This decrease … shows the success of the implementation of the Sheriff’s Office Burglary Task Force,” Chamberlin said. “This decrease is also directly associated with citizens of Spokane County providing investigators with valuable, continues tips all summer long.”

Investigators rely on residents calling in suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

“Without this type of ongoing assistance … it would be very difficult for the Sheriff’s Office to achieve this type of decrease with any type of crime in our community.”

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