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Spokane Police seeking charges in October 2012 shooting

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2013, 3:31 p.m.

A stocking hat lying in a backyard near a north Spokane apartment burglarized in October 2012 has led police to seek charges against a man imprisoned in Western Washington.

Christopher D. Sheldon, 36, is expected to be transported back to Spokane sometime in the next week, where prosecutors plan to pursue burglary and assault charges against him. Investigators think Sheldon is the man who broke into an apartment near the intersection of East Magnesium Road and North Colton Street on the evening of Oct. 18, 2012.

A teenage boy in an apartment at 8720 N. Colton St. said a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and hockey mask broke into their home around 9 p.m. The boy called for his father, who grabbed a handgun and exchanged fire with the intruder. The father was shot in the abdomen and through the arm, according to court records. The burglar fled the scene and tracking by a police dog was unsuccessful.

Police recovered a stocking hat in a nearby backyard near a discarded hockey mask. DNA testing linked the hat to Sheldon.

A warrant was issued for Sheldon’s arrest by a Spokane judge last week. Prison records show Sheldon is in custody of Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, Wash.

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