March 23, 2010 in City

Spokane Valley police identify shooting suspect

By The Spokesman-Review

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A 24-year-old man who last lived in Hayden has been identified as a suspect in a February shooting in which a bullet landed near a sleeping 3-year-old girl.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of Joseph L. Bledsaw, who has felony convictions in Spokane and Kootenai counties. Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at (509) 327-5111 or submit information online.

Spokane Valley police say Bledsaw and another man confronted a couple at 15917 E. Sprague Ave. on Feb. 27 about a noise complaint. Bledsaw fired shots into the apartment wall when the couple retreated inside, investigators say. One of the bullets struck a metal bed post and landed on the blankets covering a 3-year-old girl, police said.

Bledsaw is wanted on charges of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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