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Sirens & Gavels

Suspect with memorable name apprehended in Valley shoot-em-up

Police think they know who shot up a Spokane Valley tavern earlier this month and the suspect has an appropriately memorable name: Ray Gunn.

A convicted felon prohibited from legally possessing firearms, Gunn was taken into custody Oct. 23 by sheriff's detectives assigned to the Spokane Valley Investigations Unit, authorities said. The Spokane County SWAT team assisted with the apprehension.

Raymond Shawn Gunn, 39, is facing charges of unlawfully possessing a firearm, reckless endangerment and malicious mischief in connection with the Oct. 17 shoot-em-up at Jackson Hole Tavern, 122 S. Bowdish Road, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. The tavern was closed and employees had just left for the night when the front of the building was sprayed with .40-caliber bullets.

No injuries were reported but damage to the tavern was estimated at more than $4,000.

Gunn was among a pair of patrons who had been asked to leave the tavern before closing time that night. During the arrest, detectives seized evidence at Gunn's home that they say link him to the shooting spree.

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