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Man suspected in shooting arrested by Spokane police

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2012, 5:07 p.m.

Spokane police converge on a home at 1117 W. Cleveland Ave. (Nicole Hensley)

The man suspected of shooting his girlfriend in the face last week is in custody.

Spokane police found Joshua B. Graham, 30, hiding at a home at 1117 W. Cleveland Ave. after getting a tip, authorities said. Officers began doing surveillance this morning, police said.

Graham was arrested around 1:40 p.m. under suspicion of first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm, police said.

A second person, Nicholas Wrenn, also was taken into custody on an arrest warrant from the Department of Corrections for robbery, police said.

Graham is suspected of shooting his 19-year-old girlfriend, Justine K. Fry, in the face Oct. 1 near Whitman Elementary in north Spokane. Fry was in good condition at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center last week.

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

Officers interviewed Fry at Holy Family and she said Graham shot her. Fry initially “described a scenario as some kind of chaotic fight at the residence wherein she received a gunshot wound,” court records state.

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

On the day of the shooting, police surrounded the Everett Avenue home for about two hours, but after entry, discovered no one was inside. The shooting likely took place in the alley behind the home, according to police.

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

But according to search warrant documents filed last week, Fry apparently didn’t tell the entire story about how she was shot.

“Fry admitted she initially was misleading to protect her boyfriend, Joshua Graham, from possible criminal charges pertaining to shooting her,” Detective Ben Estes wrote.

The court records indicate that Fry said Graham told her that he was sorry and that it was an accident. But she then gave more details.

“Fry stated she and her boyfriend, Graham, were involved in a domestic argument wherein he pointed a silver colored revolver style handgun at her head,” Estes wrote.

The gun went off, striking her in the face. The bullet entered Fry’s face near her nose and lodged next to her spine, according to court records.

“Fry stated that Graham jumped out of the bedroom window and minutes later he re-entered the home,” Estes wrote. “Fry’s impression from that short conversation with Graham is that he hid the weapon somewhere in the yard or outbuilding on the property.”