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Shooting suspect Johnson held

Thu., Jan. 3, 2013

The shooting Monday night that killed one man and seriously injured another man appears to be the result of a dispute between cousins, Spokane police Chief Frank Straub said.

The suspect, 33-year-old Shannon L. Johnson, was ordered held Wednesday on a $1 million bond by Superior Court Judge James Triplet, who set Johnson’s arraignment for Jan. 15.

Johnson faces the charges of first-degree murder in the shooting death of David “Derek” C. Lougin, 25, and first-degree assault for allegedly shooting 28-year-old Jason E. Brown twice in the back.

Brown, whose condition was upgraded from critical to serious on Wednesday, told Detective Neil Gallion that he, Lougin and Johnson were at an apartment near Sprague Avenue and Freya Street when Lougin and Johnson began arguing.

Brown, Lougin and Brown’s girlfriend left the home just before 10 p.m. and drove to the Neighborhood Grocery at 3404 E. Euclid Ave. They bought a few items and began to leave when Johnson arrived and began to argue with Lougin.

Lougin and Johnson “walked outside the front door and that’s when the shooting started,” Gallion wrote. Brown “said he was hit two times on his back and was unsure what happened to” Lougin.

Gallion reviewed surveillance video, which showed how the shooting occurred. It shows a man matching Johnson’s description turning on the two men with a gun and firing at Lougin.

“Lougin went to the ground and the defendant stood over him and appeared to fire at least one or two more rounds and then fired his gun into the store before fleeing the scene,” Gallion wrote.

With the help of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, officers located Johnson hiding along the Spokane River on Upriver Drive. He did not offer a statement.

Police clear Rivera-Romero, arrest different man in homicide

In other news Wednesday, Spokane police cleared Salvador Rivera-Romero as a suspect in the homicide Sunday of a man near North Central High School and arrested Louis L. Hanson on suspicion of the same crime.

Witnesses lied to police, fingering Rivera-Romero as the suspect, police said in a news release.

Hanson, 29, has an extensive criminal history and local gang ties, the release said.

Police responded to a home at 1607 N. Wall St. Sunday and found Aaron Cummings dead of a gunshot wound.

“Witnesses deliberately lied to officers and detectives,” the release said. Further investigation led detectives to determine that Rivera-Romero was not involved.

Hanson was found in an apartment on the 1900 block of West Second Avenue on Wednesday evening, according to police. Amanda Tudesque, 22, was also arrested there on suspicion of rendering criminal assistance.

Reporter Nicole Hensley contributed to this report.

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