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Man shot by police had made prediction, documents show

Tue., Nov. 10, 2009

A man described by friends as suicidal told his ex-girlfriend before he was shot by Spokane Valley police that something was going to happen “and it will be on the news,” according to court documents filed Monday.

David J. Glidden, 27, remains in stable condition at a local hospital after being shot twice in the upper body on Oct. 30, police said.

Officer Aaron Childress fired a handgun and Officer Griffin Criswell fired a 12-gauge shotgun at Glidden after he emerged from a Spokane Valley home armed with an Airsoft pellet pistol that resembles a Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol, according to court documents.

Some of those rounds went through the wall of a neighbor’s home. Glidden had been living at the home at 4727 E. Third Ave. for a few days after breaking up with his girlfriend, a friend told detectives.

That woman told police she’d been dating Glidden since September but recently left him and started receiving drunken, angry phone calls from him. The day of the shooting, Glidden predicted something would happen that would make the news, according to a search warrant filed Monday. The warrant seeks the call history for Glidden’s cell phone.

Glidden’s half-brother told police Glidden had been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and had been sober for about three months, according to the warrant. But the day of the shooting, he was drinking heavily, his ex-girlfriend told police.

Both of Glidden’s parents said they spoke with their son the night before the shooting, but the next morning, their son called friends drunk and despondent, according to the search warrant.

“Glidden was upset about the recent separation from his girlfriend and he was also upset because it was the anniversary date of the death of a family member,” a friend told police.

Another friend told police that “Glidden said he was going to kill somebody or kill himself.” The friend called 911.

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