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Detectives seeking witnesses to fatal drive-by shooting in Wandermere

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 10:53 p.m.

Detectives are seeking to identify a man and a woman who may have information about a fatal drive-by shooting in the Wandermere area north of Spokane.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office on Friday shared images of the man and woman taken July 7 by surveillance cameras at the Walmart store at 9212 N. Colton St. The sheriff’s office said anyone who recognizes the pair should call Detective Kirk Keyser at (509) 477-6611.

The images were captured hours after the shooting on Wandermere Road that killed 38-year-old Misty Hirsch. The sheriff’s office said the man entered the Walmart, purchased items and then met the woman, who was driving a black SUV in the parking lot.

The woman then met the shooting suspect, 31-year-old Jonathan Andersen, and gave him some of the items, the sheriff’s office said. Andersen was driving a red-and-tan Ford Expedition, the same vehicle from which he is believed to have shot Hirsch, the sheriff’s office said.

Andersen was arrested the next day after a high-speed pursuit through a residential neighborhood in north Spokane. The chase ended when a deputy used a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT maneuver, sending Andersen’s Expedition crashing into a resident’s yard.

Andersen, who has a lengthy criminal record, is being held in the Spokane County Jail in lieu of a $1 million bond. He faces one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, and charges of attempting to elude a police vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Court records indicate Andersen’s motive for the shooting may have been tied to a dispute over a stolen purse.

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