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Man shot in northeast Spokane

MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2008

Police were looking Sunday for a man suspected of shooting another man in northeast Spokane.

The incident was likely a “drug deal gone bad,” said Spokane police Officer William Hager. The victim, an unidentified 40-year-old man, was shot in the chest near Regal Street and Everett Avenue, where he had been called to give three men a ride early Sunday morning. Police answering the 7 a.m. call at the Tesoro Gas Station, 1001 E. Wellesley Ave., found the victim, who with help from a female passenger had driven to the service station to phone for help.

He was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, Hager said. His passenger said they went to the neighborhood to pick up three men.

But a confrontation took place and one of the men pulled a gun, firing on the driver, police said.

Police tracked the suspects’ snowy footprints to an apartment in the 3100 block of East Everett, where they discovered and arrested two men and a woman, who were all wanted on previous warrants. All three were questioned in connection with the shooting.

Todd Sawyer, 22, was facing a new charge of attempted first-degree murder for his part in the incident and was also being held on a previous charge for failing to comply with court orders, police said. He is scheduled to appear in court today.

JacobPeckham, 19, was also taken into custody. He was booked on an earlier warrant for driving with a suspended license.

A 30-year-old woman who was not connected to the shooting but found at the apartment also was arrested. Stacy Swan was taken to jail on a Washington State Department of Corrections warrant for escape.

Sunday afternoon, police searched the apartment.

Officers also were still looking for a third man involved in the shooting. No description was given.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 911 or the tip line at (509) 242-8477.

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