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Three Spokane Men Arrested After Apartment House Hit By Gunshots

Thu., July 17, 1997, midnight

Three Spokane men were arrested Sunday after allegedly shooting at a Spokane Valley apartment house earlier that morning.

Albert R. Tuinzing, Daniel P. Anderson and Steve E. Eakle, all 20, remain in the Spokane County Jail on preliminary charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, Spokane County sheriff’s deputies said.

Deputies arrived at the Amberwood Club Apartments, 3020 S. Clinton, about 4 a.m. after receiving calls that shots were fired at the complex. One building was hit.

No one was injured, deputies said.

A witness told deputies that two cars, without headlights, approached the building slowly. The occupants of an Oldsmobile Cutlass then got out and started shooting.

At least one person living in the complex had an ongoing dispute with one of the suspects, deputies said. Three men at the targeted apartment told a deputy they had received death threats from Anderson. It was unclear whether all three lived in the apartment building.

Soon after the shooting, deputies spotted the Cutlass at 32nd Avenue and Fox Road. When deputies approached, it sped away, running a stop sign. Deputies stopped the car at 23rd Avenue and Bowdish Road and arrested the three men.

According to affidavits, Eakle told a deputy that he didn’t fire his 9mm handgun, but that Tuinzing fired four times at the apartment with a pump-action 12-gauge shotgun. Eakle said both he and Tuinzing threw their weapons out of the vehicle when they saw the patrol car.

A deputy found four empty shotgun shells near where Tuinzing had been sitting in the Cutlass. Deputies also reported seeing several shotgun shells on the car floor.

Deputies later found a black pump-action shotgun and a handgun magazine on Bowdish.

, DataTimes The following fields overflowed: BYLINE = Robin Rivers Staff writer Staff writer Pat Sciuchetti contributed to this report.


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