Briefs: Man allegedly shoots girlfriend in face

TUESDAY, OCT. 2, 2012

Spokane police have issued an attempted murder arrest warrant for Joshua D. Graham.

The 30-year-old Graham is suspected of shooting his 19-year-old girlfriend in the face Monday afternoon near Whitman Elementary in north Spokane.

She was in good condition at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Police Cpl. Jon Strickland said Graham and the woman were in the front yard of 1524 E. Everett Ave. at 2:45 p.m. when a witness driving past saw the woman was bleeding and stopped to help. They put the woman in their truck and took her to nearby Providence Holy Family Hospital.

Graham then disappeared, Strickland said. He has previous arrests for armed robbery, drugs, domestic violence and assault.

Police surrounded the home for about two hours Monday afternoon. After entry they discovered no one was inside.

The shooting likely took place in the alley behind the home, according to police.

Strickland said the only 911 call about the shooting came from Graham.

“We have learned that there were several witnesses to this,” police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said. “We’re asking them to come forward.”

Jennifer Pignolet

Gunman, victim were acquainted, police say

The two men involved in a shooting Saturday in Coeur d’Alene “were at least acquaintances,” according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.

Christian N. Buquet, 19, who also used the name Christian N. Mallon, shot Frank James once in the chest before speeding away, according to reports. After a chase, during which police say Buquet fired at civilians and at officers, he was shot and killed by Coeur d’Alene police.

James, 29, underwent surgery at Kootenai Medical Center and is in stable condition, according to a news release.

The release doesn’t specify how the men knew each other, and a telephone call to the sheriff’s department was not immediately returned.

Coeur d’Alene Police have not released the name or names of officers involved in the shooting. The Sheriff’s Department said investigators are still processing evidence from the car Buquet was driving and the police cars involved in the incident.

Witnesses said James was shot in the chest just before 11 a.m. near 11th Street and Lakeside Avenue.

Addy Hatch


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