January 6, 2011 in City, News

Murder suspect returns to Spokane after stay at Harborview

Victim’s boyfriend faces second-degree murder

A Spokane man suspected of the Dec. 12 shooting death of his 20-year-old girlfriend was transported back to Spokane Thursday after undergoing treatment at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers with the Spokane Police Department drove to King County Jail to take custody of Tristen Nebrae Jordan, 24, and bring him to Spokane, where police say he will be booked into Spokane County Jail on second-degree murder charges.

Jordan allegedly shot Samantha Clark Franco about 1:30 a.m. on the 800 block of East Augusta Avenue before turning the gun on himself. Police found him on the Gonzaga University campus near the McCarthey Athletic Center with a gunshot wound to the head.

He was arrested after leading police on a short foot chase and taken to Harborview for treatment. Spokane police hired Seattle police to guard Jordan while in the hospital.

No one involved in the incident was a Gonzaga University student, according to police.

Friends said Franco had a 9-month-old baby and lived with her mother at the Augusta Avenue home.

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