The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office dive team recovered what is believed to be a murder weapon Tuesday in the Spokane River.
Authorities believe the AK-47 rifle was used to kill Marcus Allen Schur, who died of multiple gunshot wounds Dec. 27 in north Whitman County. His body was discovered March 25 in a shallow creek at the end of Bonnie Lake.
Through their investigation, Whitman County sheriff’s detectives learned the weapon had been dumped off the T.J. Meenach Bridge sometime after the killing.
Brothers Frank Lazcano, 24, of Pine City, Wash., and Daniel Lazcano, 20, of Spokane, are accused of killing Schur. Authorities say the brothers believed Schur burglarized a home in Rosalia, Wash.
The weapon was found on the dive team’s fourth attempt.
“The first three times the water was too deep, swift moving, and visibility was not conducive to being able to see the bottom,” sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin said.
Conditions were better Tuesday, he said, and they found the weapon in about 8 feet of water near the bridge.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office forensic unit will analyze the weapon for fingerprints and possibly ballistics.