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Police investigate shooting at house

Spokane Police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting about 8 p.m. Saturday. No one was injured.

Police said a house at 1725 N. Perry had been sprayed with gunfire. Several holes were found in the home and a sliding glass door was shattered by a bullet, according to a Spokane Police news release. More than a dozen shell casings were found, police said.

Police arrested an 18-year-old man, Michael R. Gardner, who told police that he was outside during the shooting and that he felt lucky to be alive.

Gardner said he owned the 13 baggies of cocaine found by police in the yard and in a trash can outside the home, police said. Another bag of drugs was found on Gardner, said the news release.

Gardner was booked on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Gardner had what police called a gang tattoo on one arm, but he denied membership in a gang and said he had no idea who had done the shooting or even if they were shooting at him, police said.

Killer Claude Dallas released from prison

Boise

One of Idaho’s most infamous outlaws, Claude Dallas, was released from prison Sunday morning after serving 22 years for the execution-style slayings of two state officers in 1981.

Dallas, 54, gained notoriety as both a callous criminal and a modern-day mountain man at odds with the government. He was released Sunday after his 30-year term was cut by eight years for good behavior.

Dallas wore a light blue shirt, prison-issue jeans and a denim jacket as he walked out of the Idaho Correctional Institution in Orofino at 4:55 a.m., said Teresa Jones, an Idaho Department of Correction spokeswoman. He was picked up by a relative.

“He doesn’t want to talk to the media or make a big deal out of his release,” said prison warden Kevin Kempf. “He just wants to go live his life.”

He was convicted of manslaughter in 1982 for the shooting deaths of Conley Elms and Bill Pogue, officers for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game who were investigating reports that Dallas was poaching bobcats in remote southwestern Idaho.

Pogue, who had drawn his own weapon, was hit first with a shot from Dallas’ handgun. Dallas then shot Elms two times in the chest before using a rifle to fire one round into each man’s head.



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