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After three-day manhunt, police arrest woman accused in South Hill shootings

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 23, 2017

After a three-day manhunt, Spokane police have arrested a woman accused of shooting and killing the owner of a South Hill apartment complex Tuesday.

Anne M. Carpenter, 23, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on Friday night on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree assault.

Police confirmed the arrest occurred in the NorthTown Mall area, but offered few details about how they connected her to the crime or what her motive may have been.

Carpenter stands accused of killing Westview Manor owner Danette Kane and shooting the apartment’s manager, Mike Troy, in the head about 3 p.m. Tuesday before fleeing on foot.

Troy is in a medically induced coma, according to family members.

Kane’s family believes Carpenter showed up at the apartment complex at 2015 W. 10th Ave. on Tuesday hoping to rent a unit before something went awry.

Kane’s body was found in a stairwell. Troy was rushed to a hospital.

Spokane Police spokesman John O’Brien said Saturday the suspect from a composite sketch, Carpenter, was identified and detectives worked “feverishly and tirelessly through the night” to develop probable cause to make an arrest.

Other details – including the alleged killer’s connection to the victims – were still being sought in the investigation.

Complex resident Richard Schmidt said he is relieved the suspect was found.

“It won’t help Michael or Dee and her family, but once we have an understanding of the motive, and other relevant info, it will at least provide a small bit of closure,” Schmidt said.

Carpenter’s criminal history in Spokane County is limited to a trespassing charge in Spokane Valley that was dismissed earlier this year.

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