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Three arrested after shots fired at drinking party

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 23, 2011, 1:55 p.m.

Three 18-year-old men were arrested this morning after a shooting at a drinking party in Spokane Valley.

Jered Underwood and Dillon J. Wilcher each face three counts of first-degree assault after one of three alleged victims flagged down a Washington State Patrol trooper and said they’d been shot with a shotgun while running from a fight at 12126 E. Mansfield Road, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Suspect Robert M. Fleck was arrested on charges of providing false or misleading statements to police and felony riot.

Three people suffered minor wounds from small-gauge shotgun pellets after a group of people arrived at the home to fight one of the party-goers. A brawl ensued in front of the home, and someone fired a shotgun at the visitors as they fled about 2:20 a.m. Police detained about 10 people and locked down the area after learning the gunman had retreated inside the home.

The Spokane County sheriff’s SWAT team responded, as well as the bomb team, which sent a robot to the home to leave a phone. The suspect called his brother, who handed the phone to sheriff’s negotiators.

The suspect surrendered within minutes, and the SWAT team searched the home and found no other suspects. Detectives seized three shotguns with spent and unspent shotgun cartridges.

The incident closed Pines Road for more than three hours.

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