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Police searching for man linked to hotel slaying

Spokane police are searching for a “person of interest” in a Thursday morning murder at a downtown hotel.

Kevin Heaton, 35, has an extensive criminal history and should be considered “armed and dangerous,” police said in a news release.

On Thursday morning, police responding to shots fired at the Days Inn hotel at 120 W. Third Ave. found Paul A. Haney, 33, of Yakima, dead from gunshot wounds in the parking lot.

Detectives searched three hotel rooms and found additional weapons and methamphetamine, the release said. A handgun was found near Haney’s body and another handgun was found in another part of the parking lot.

A red moped was seized as possible evidence but detectives have not determined whether it was connected to a drive-by shooting the day before. The seized moped had been reported stolen Wednesday prior to both shootings, the release said.

Two people were arrested in Yakima Thursday on unrelated Department of Corrections warrants. Detectives traveled to Yakima and interviewed the people about their possible involvement in the homicide, the release said. Detectives also searched the vehicle they traveled in.



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