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‘I’Ve Been Shot,’ Boy Tells Dispatcher

SUNDAY, NOV. 2, 1997

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies found a Valley woman and a toddler dead in a car Saturday night after a second child called police on a cellular phone from the car.

Sheriff’s Lt. Jim Finke said the boy, 11, called 911 and said, “I’ve been shot, and my mom shot me.”

Dispatchers received the call at 10:17 p.m., but the boy could not give a location. A sheriff’s dispatcher told the child to turn on the car’s emergency blinkers and five patrol care were sent searching.

Deputies found the car, a GMC Yukon, about 20 minutes later on an isolated stretch of Vicari Road near Dishman-Mica Road in the Valley.

The boy, who was shot in the upper right chest, according to Finke, stepped out of the car to greet the deputies.

Inside, deputies found two people dead of gunshot wounds - a woman in driver’s seat, and a 3- or 4-year-old boy in a car seat in the back seat, Finke said. A small-caliber pistol was recovered.

The 11-year-old was taken to a Spokane hospital. His condition was unknown Saturday night.

The 11-year-old was able to give deputies his home address in the Ponderosa neighborhood. Finke said deputies went to the house. A man there said he had returned from work at 4:30 Saturday afternoon, to find his wife and children not at home, Finke said.

“We are treating this as a homicide and still investigating,” Finke said.

, DataTimes

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