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Sirens & Gavels

‘It will be on the news’

A man described by friends as suicidal told his girlfriend the morning he was shot by police that something was going to happen "and it will be on the news," according to court documents filed today.

David J. Glidden, 27, remains in stable condition at a local hospital after being shot twice in the upper body Oct. 30.

Spokane Valley police Officer Aaron Childress fired a handgun and Officer Griffin Criswell fired a 12-gauge shotgun at Glidden after he emerged from a Spokane Valley home armed with an Airsoft pellet pistol that resembles a Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol, according to court documents. Some of those rounds went through the wall of a neighbor’s home.

Glidden had been living at the home at 4727 E. Third Ave., for a few days after breaking up with his girlfriend, a friend told detectives.

That woman told police she'd been dating Glidden since September but recently left him and started receiving drunken, angry phone calls from him.

When the woman was packing to leave the day of the shooting, Glidden predicted something would happen that would make the news, according to a search warrant filed today. The warrant seeks the call history for Glidden's cell phone.

Glidden's half-brother told police Glidden had been attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and stayed sober for 96 days, according to the warrant. But the day his girlfriend left, he was drinking heavily, she told police.

Glidden's father told police he'd spoken with him the night before about a mechanical issue with his girlfriend's car. His mother said Glidden had told her she needed to meet his new girlfriend.

Both parents said Glidden sounded fine, but the next morning, their son called friends drunk and despondent, according to the search warrant.

"Glidden was upset about the recent separation from his girlfriend and he was also upset because it was the anniversary date of the death of a family member," a friend told police.

Read a previous story on the case here.

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