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One suspect arrested in fatal stabbing

Mon., Jan. 19, 2009, 3:42 p.m.

Spokane police arrested a suspect Sunday night in the Friday stabbing death of a 22-year-old man.

Michael L. Summa, 19, was booked into Spokane County Jail on second-degree murder charges, police said in a news release.

Summa was wanted for questioning in the death of Shannon Cochran, who was stabbed early Friday near East Garland Avenue and North Helena Street, during a fight. He later died at a Spokane hospital.

Police received a tip Sunday night around 8:15 p.m. that Summa was in a house on the 1100 block of East Bismark. Police surrounded the home and received permission from the homeowner to search it, the release said.

A police canine named Var, on his last night of work after eight years of service, located Summa hiding in the basement, the release said. Summa was arrested then treated at a local hospital for injuries related to the canine capture.

Three other people still are wanted for questioning in relation to the fatal stabbing. They are: Christopher Hooper and Tylor T. Buttolph, both 18-year-old white males, and a 16-year-old white girl whose identity is being withheld by The Spokesman-Review because she’s a minor wanted solely for questioning.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call (509) 242-TIPS.


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