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Man arrested in connection with early morning East Central shooting

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

One suspect was arrested Wednesday in connection with an early morning shooting Wednesday in the East Central Neighborhood after a SWAT team executed a search warrant on an area home.

The man, who police say is in his mid-20s, had not been charged as of Wednesday night, and his name had not been released.

Just before 6:30 a.m., Spokane police received multiple calls reporting gunshots and multiple vehicles recklessly leaving the 3200 block of East Fifth Avenue, across from a Fred Meyer grocery store.

Shortly after, a local hospital informed police it was treating an individual for a likely gunshot wound. The apparent victim had nonlife-threatening injuries.

The Spokane Regional Safe Streets Task Force assisted patrol officers in investigating the incident and developed probable cause to search a home that witnesses described as a known drug house, according to police.

A SWAT team executed a search warrant on the house and on a specific individual believed to be inside, police said. Officers found eight people inside. It took the SWAT team over an hour to get everyone out of the house and to comply with law enforcement, Spokane police Sgt. Terry Preuninger said.

“Initially, some people did not want to comply,” Preuninger said.

One of the men locked himself into a room and could not get out, so he climbed onto the roof and police helped him get down safely, according to Preuninger.

Three people inside the home were arrested on warrants unrelated to the incident.

Police are investigating a potential assault that occurred before the shooting and might be connected to it, Preuninger.

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